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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society OrganisationsChallenging or Maintaining the Status Quo?$
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Christina Schwabenland, Chris Lange, Jenny Onyx, and Sachiko Nakagawa

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324775

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.001.0001

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Sustainability from the bottom up: women as change agents in the Niger Delta

Sustainability from the bottom up: women as change agents in the Niger Delta

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(p.157) Eight Sustainability from the bottom up: women as change agents in the Niger Delta
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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society Organisations
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Charisma Acey

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.003.0008

This chapter examines the roles of women as architects and agents of social change in the environmentally degraded Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Oil revenues account for the majority of Nigeria’s GDP, yet the Niger Delta is among the least developed and improved regions of Nigeria. Efforts by women at all levels have led to a slow but growing awareness that real solutions to the environmental and social crisis must explicitly address how a violent, corrupt oil economy has impacted women’s roles as caregivers and providers in the household and in society, and the need for women to play a central role in public decision-making and reforms.

Keywords:   Niger Delta, Nigeria, social crisis, women, women’s roles

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