Gender Impacts of Chad-Cameroon,West. Af. Oil Pipelines
September, 22, 2011
Where?Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Conference Center, Root Room, Washington D.C., USA
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Gender Action and Friends of the Earth International teamed up in 2010 to conduct a gender analysis of the pipelines in Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo and Ghana, an initiative that represents one of the only efforts to highlight women's priorities and perspectives in areas traversed by the pipelines. Based on fieldwork, our analysis reveals that, while IFIs provided financial security to the oil and gas multinational companies that profited from pipeline development, they failed to adequately protect vulnerable social groups in affected communities, particularly women. Consequently, these gender-blind investments increased women's poverty and dependence on men; caused ecological degradation that destroyed women's livelihoods; discriminated against women in employment and compensation; excluded women in consultation processes; and led to increased prostitution.
At this event, we will present our gender analyses of the pipelines and recommendations for improving IFI track records with regard to extractive industries and women. Korinna Horta of Urgewald and Sonia Lowman of Gender Action will discuss the broad gender impacts of extractive industries, background on the relevant pipelines, and context for our gender analysis field work; Betty Abah from Friends of the Earth Nigeria will share her first-hand exposure to women in affected communities in West Africa and details on her gender rights advocacy work in Nigeria.
Betty Abah, Friends of the Earth Nigeria
Korinna Horta, Urgewald
Sonia Lowman, Gender Action
Where: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Conference Center, Root Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036