Ogbodo is one of the largest villages (in terms of population) in the Isiokpo Clan of Ikwere ethnic nationality in the Niger Delta. It is an agrarian community with rich swamps, which serve as hunting grounds for community members. Shell Petroleum Development Company (hereafter SPDC) discovered oil in commercial quantity in this community in the year 1972. Aged and rusty pipelines belonging to SPDC have resulted in frequent spills of oil into the Ogbodo environment. These have left the fragile ecosystem devastated and degraded. A major spill happened after a pipeline’s burst on June 21th 2000. Even though the villagers alerted Shell the following day after the burst, the slow deployment and response by the company let the spill continue for 18 long days . About 50,000 barrels of oil spilled . The oil multinational employed a contractor to take care of the clean-up operations. The latter put on fire the spilled oil, sweeping away also the villagers’ crops, canoes and fishing nets . The locals suffered for days the fume from the burnt oil, affecting their health and worsening their living conditions already heavily affected by the spill. The terrible living condition of the locals have been reported by alternative media. Shell did not take well care of the situation. The locals were deprived from having access to any source of potable water and the water provisions by Shell were insufficient, whose ten drinking water plastic tanks (500-litre each) were refilled every three days. People were getting sick and Shell only sent one doctor working a few hours every day, but not on Sundays. It is women’s daily life in particular that has been affected by the spill. As the traditional gendered division of labor allocates them the responsibilities to gather the seafood in the mangroves, make the palm oil, grow and collect the vegetables and medicinal herbs, all resources polluted or killed by the spill. In the medium and long-term it is women’s social power and status that is being undermined . Shell made false claims, accusing the locals of sabotage for having provoked the spill. By mid-July 2001, the local chiefs first refused Shell’s food supplies until it did not revoke such false claim. The cause of the spill was investigated. It was determined that where the line burst and spilled it was buried six feet underground and it was old and rusty . What is worth stressing is that the company conditioned its immediate help and support to the affected villages on whether the villages’ chiefs accepted Shell’s proposed Memorandum of Understanding. Shell insisted on providing its immediate support upon the condition that the chiefs accepted a compensation of 100.000 US dollars. That sum was considered ridiculous for a community of 150,000 people. The chiefs and the villagers were in no position to negotiate but yet they still denounced Shell’s environmental racism, as they were aware of very different compensation conditions enjoyed in North America and Western Europe . The very same day that Shell was presenting the Memorandum of Understanding to the chiefs, on July 14th2001, community’s spokespersons made a public statement asking for help from human rights organizations. The role of women from Ogbodo has been crucial in building the bridges between the community and non-governmental organizations. They actively worked with the NGO Niger Delta Women for Justice, documenting the economic and health impacts on their community by Shell’s spill . Niger Delta Women for Justice and Friends of the Earth Nigeria drew from the experience of Ogbodo people, among many others, to lead a global campaign to render visible the so many human rights violations by Shell and other oil multinationals .Finally, six members of the Ogbodo community brought the case to court and negotiated the compensation amount outside of the court. “Shell has agreed to pay the community an initial entry fee of 325,000 Nigerian naira, as well as N500,000 more for their legal expenses” . That amount corresponds to less than 2,030 US dollars. In the bigger frame, it is the whole Ikwerre peoples’ traditional lifestyles that are drastically being affected and changing under the effects of oil drilling in their lands.