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What does Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) look like across Oxfam?

Women's Economic Empowerment

Palestinian women group walk to garden
Shafeeka is the head of the women’s group in her village. Oxfam and partner Rural Women’s Development Association have helped set the group up with greenhouses and seeds and provided training on farming techniques
Credit: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

A Global Overview of 20 WEE Programmes and Projects in over 45 countries. We take a look at some of our WEE programmes below.

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Inclusive Markets and Value Chains

What is it? 

Inclusive market systems approaches focus on recognizing and redressing power imbalances between men and women, and between smallholder producers and large market actors. Value chains approaches focus on how increased knowledge, climate-resilience strategies and more equitable land rights enhance women’s collective power. 

Who does it?

Financial Inclusion and Enterprise Development 

Rwandan woman holding fabric
Theresie Nyirantozi (60 yrs) admires tailored fabric she purchased in her home in Kirehe District, Eastern Rwanda. Since joining the Tuzamurane pineapple cooperative Theresie feels proud to no longer have to ask her husband for money to buy clothes and fabric.  
Credit: Aurelie Marrier d’Unienville / Oxfam

What is it? 
Leadership and economic opportunities through savings groups, SMEs and incubators. Focus on: women’s control over productive assets, increased income and social capital, and business support through partnerships. 

Who does it? 

Influencing Stakeholders

Filipino husband helps wife with laundry
Randy Duran (35 yrs) helps his wife Maria Socorro with the family laundry outside their home on Tubabao Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines. After Maria did an RCA (We Care Rapid Care Assessment) her and Randy started to share household chores.
Credit: Aurelie Marrier d’Unienville / Oxfam

What is it? 

Influencing policy and partnering with local government, civil society organizations, international campaigns and private sector actors, to value women’s paid and unpaid work.

Who does it? 

Dignified and Decent Work

What is it?

Supporting rural and urban women workers – garment workers, domestic workers, home-based and gig economy workers. Focus on: re-valuing women’s work, building women’s collective power and fairer distribution of unpaid and paid care work. 

Who does it?

For the most up-to-date information on Oxfam’s WEE programmes, check out our related publications thread here and subscribe to the Women’s Economic Empowerment Knowledge Hub Newsletter.

Note: This overview is a rolling document to represent of the diversity of Oxfam’s WEE work. It is updated quarterly to reflect project changes and is not a complete catalogue of all of Oxfam’s WEE projects.


Aissa Boodhoo

Aissa is the Women’s Economic Empowerment Knowledge Hub Coordinator at Oxfam GB.