Might your project lead to more domestic violence? Our guide helps you work out the risks

Isabelle de Champlain-Bringué Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls, Women's Economic Empowerment

Women’s economic empowerment projects can cut domestic violence – but may also increase it. In this blog for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, Oxfam Québec‘s Isabelle de Champlain-Bringué introduces a guide that equips practitioners to identify and manage the risks  Although women’s economic empowerment (WEE) projects encourage women to strive for empowerment and material independence, the resulting autonomy …

‘Let me be the last survivor’: Lessons from six years of action to end violence against women and girls in South and East Asia

Megan Lowthers Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

In our second blog for the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, Oxfam Canada’s Megan Lowthers looks back on six years of the Creating Spaces project, which offers powerful examples of how communities can mobilise to tackle GBV and win new laws to protect women and girls After years in an abusive marriage, Sonali, 23, visited a support centre …

The pandemic marks a new, brutal chapter in a history of violence against LGBTQIA+ people in Central America

Natalia Marsicovetere Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

As the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence begins, Oxfam gender justice lead for Central America and LGBTQIA+ activist, Natalia Marsicovetere, spells out the pandemic’s impact on LGBTQIA+ people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador Central America has historically been a particularly violent region for the LGBTQIA+ population who face everything from street violence, to displacement, to lack of opportunities, to discriminatory public policies. The region has …

Tesco commitment on living wages for banana producers is a welcome development

Radhika Sarin Agriculture, Food & livelihoods, Living wage

Work should lift people out of poverty but far too often wages and incomes are systematically too low for a decent standard of living. Oxfam’s Behind the Barcodes campaign shines a spotlight on the conditions of the women and men who work to produce the food we buy from our supermarkets. These workers who are at the bottom of global …

They were promised a fair share of power and resources… so why are local humanitarian actors still waiting?

lydia Zigomo Aid, Humanitarian

In May 2016, at the first-ever  World Humanitarian Summit, world leaders, humanitarian actors and the UN pledged to share power and resources with the local, front-line organisations who are critical to saving lives in humanitarian crises. Five years later, have they delivered on their commitments? The answer, unambiguously, is no. The Istanbul summit promised to “empower national and local humanitarian …

A tea firm’s long term commitment to water provision in Niger: will other investors follow its lead?

Claudia Codsi Climate Change, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

In Niger, where more than half of the population cannot access safe drinking water and where only 5% have access to sanitation facilities, UK business Ahmad Tea has partnered with Oxfam for over 10 years in a project to bring clean water and sanitation to thousands of rural people in northern Niger, with benefits including more time for girls’ schooling, …

A personal view on the abuse of power

Mandy Jones General

This October, we are celebrating the Black British changemakers and humanitarians as a part of our efforts to commemorate Black History Month in the UK. We are listening to and sharing the stories of our colleagues and partners who have made significant contributions to the work we do and whose stories are worth celebrating. Mandy Jones, who is the Head …