With over three million confirmed cases and above 200,000 deaths across the globe, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading rapidly, causing incalculable human suffering, social and economic losses. Countries of the world are rolling out measures each passing day to both control the spread of the virus and mitigate the impact on affected populations. In Nigeria’s oil resource extraction zones, pre-existing problems of environmental pollution and degradation are not only undermining people’s resilience and ability to comply with health protocols, but are also triggering unintended adverse consequences especially for women living in and within the areas of oil mineral extraction.
In this policy brief, SPACES FOR CHANGE and KEBETKACHE WOMEN weigh the costs, gains and pains of the COVID-19 lockdown measures in Nigeria’s oil extraction zones in order to inform the review of strategies and response actions aimed at reducing the potential spread and impact of coronavirus infection.
Read the full report below.