Director’s Statement

 

“…as we got into the areas of women’s rights, environmental rights, human rights, all kinds of rights….we realized they are all linked and you couldn’t participate in one without participating in the others.”
- Annkio Briggs, Agape Birthrights

As Malcolm Gladwell has said, “Activism that challenges the status quo—that attacks deeply rooted problems—is not for the faint of heart.” Niger Delta women’s stories are reflected in the news every day from the far-reaching impact that devastating environmental disasters like the spill in the Gulf of Mexico have on communities, to the endless corporate irresponsibility and greed that allows business as usual despite all costs. They’re seen in the myriad human rights atrocities whether in political uprisings or in other places where oil is produced…be it Venezuela or Louisiana. But there is another movement cresting the horizon and the Niger Delta women are already leading. It involves a growing number of women taking on leadership roles from managing households, to taking to the streets in protest, to being elected to political positions! It’s an exciting wave of activism that invests in women and transformational change through their leadership, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels. THE NAKED OPTION tells some of these incredible stories of women taking the lead. It celebrates the power of an organized group of women.