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Information On Panelists: Ms Emem J. Okon is the founder and Executive Director of Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre. She is a women’s rights activist and advocate from the oil impacted Niger Delta region of Nigeria. She is a trainer, researcher and campaigner against all forms of violence directed at women and the environment. She is currently undertaking a research into impact of militarism on women in the Niger Delta, a component of the Strengthening Women’s Activism against Conflict and Militarism in the West African sub-region. She has coordinated many networks and coalitions including Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN) south-south zone; National Coalition on Affirmative Action (NCAA) Rivers (2004-2010) among others.

Omoyele Sowore is a democracy and environmental activist from Nigeria. He currently publishes, a popular online magazine that exposes corruption in Africa. Through an innovative participatory journalism model, SaharaReporters pursues transparency, accountability and democratic ethos in Africa’s public and private spheres. The forum’s major aim is to empower all citizens of various African nations to actively demand and defend their democratic rights. Our journalistic mission is to beam a critical searchlight on the people and practices that undermine and subvert the democratic process.

Jamie McClelland is the co-director of May First/People Link, a membership organization of progressive groups nationwide who use the Internet. In his capacity of co-director, Jamie does political organizing, systems administration, and support for the members of May First/People Link. Prior to working at May First, Jamie worked at Libraries for the Future network administrator, national Youth ACCESS coordinator, and Information and Technology Policy Specialist. He has served on the Board of Directors of Paper Tiger TV, worked as a video instructor for Sidewalks of New York, as a community organizer for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and was an active member of ACT UP New Orleans.

More Info:

Official website of Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Center, a community action, education, and advocacy non-governmental organization based in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.

Official website of Sahara Reporters, an online community of international reporters and social advocates producing commentaries, features, and news reports from a Nigerian-African perspective.

Official website of May First/ People Link, an organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Service Provider" in a collective, politically progressive and collaborative way.

A radio piece exploring the women-led struggle against oil exploitation in the Niger Delta, as well as the work of Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Center. Filed for Free Speech Radio News on International Women's Day March 8, 2011.

Interview with Emem Okon, founder of Kebetkache, at the Oil Watch International Assembly during the World Social Forum in Dakar 2011.

Website created for the Indymedia Africa Convergence in Dakar, Senegal featuring blog posts, videos, and audio produced by participants. 15 women from the Niger Delta attended to develop media production skills and share their story with activists from around the world.