Syria five years on: hope in the darkness

Oxfam Conflict, Humanitarian, In the news

OPINION: Five years into the Syria conflict, good news has been a rare commodity for millions of people affected by that catastrophic war. Is there any hope? Shaheen Chughtai weighs up the gravity of the situation against the progress being made through a temporary ceasefire, attempted peace talks and a recent donor conference. Over 250,000 people have been killed, 1.2 …

Not one more: ending femicide in Honduras

Oxfam Gender, Governance, Rights

OPINION: On International Women’s Day Juan Carlos Arita, Oxfam’s Regional Programme Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, reflects on the tragic murder of human rights activist Berta Cáceres and calls for an end to violence against women in Honduras where 4,400 women have been murdered in the last decade. Sometimes I get confused, is it femicide or feminicide? The …

Women leading the way in economic empowerment in agriculture

Claudia Canepa Gender

NEWS: To mark International Women’s Day 2016, Oxfam’s Knowledge Hub on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) in Agriculture organised the 2016 Oxfam WEE Leadership Awards to recognise the staff members of partner and community organisations, as well as Oxfam, who have shown exceptional championship of women’s economic empowerment. Today Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director, has announced the seven winners of this award …

Are the Sustainable Development Goals good news for women?

Caroline Sweetman Gender, Gender & Development Journal

The 2015 Sustainable Development Goal agreement was a historic moment for development and for feminism. Much hope rests on the goals, but what will they really achieve, for people living in poverty, and for women in particular? Valeria Esquivel  and Caroline Sweetman introduce some of the analysis in the latest issue of the Gender & Development journal. Agenda 2030 and …

Webinar: what if gender became an essential, standard element of vulnerability assessments?

Oxfam Gender

News:  Did you miss this? You can watch the full webinar presentation below:      Vulnerability Assessments (VAs) can be useful tools in providing key insights for NGOs and other development stakeholders. But what is the best way to integrate gender, and how can we use them to design programmes which have resilience-building measures and risk reduction strategies at their heart? …

South Sudan: a battle of the sexes

Kerry Akers Conflict, Emergencies, Gender, Humanitarian

Concepts of masculinity and femininity are deeply embedded in cultural beliefs and practices which underpin violence against women and inequality. Here Protection Project Manager, Kerry Akers, reflects on the nuances between gender and the roles of protector, victim and perpetrator in conflict affected areas of South Sudan. When the village is attacked the boys big enough to fight run with …

Social change for and by young women

Oxfam Gender, Inequality, Poverty in the UK, Youth

What’s the most effective way of supporting young women to create the change they want to see in the world? FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, The Global Fund for Women, Oxfam and the Young Foundation are collaborating to respond to this question. Aly Marczynski explains how. The Roots Lab, a new social innovation lab, will test the most effective …

El Niño in Ethiopia: “What will happen to us?”

Catherine Meredith Disasters, Emergencies, Humanitarian

Ethiopia, a country where up to 85 percent of people depend on rain-fed agriculture, is facing its worst drought in 50 years, resulting in a massive food and water insecurity crisis. Millions of people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Catherine Meredith, outlines the scale of the emergency and how it has been exacerbated by climate change and the …

Twitter debate: what can development frameworks do for women?

Oxfam Gender

News:  March 7th, 15:00 GMT | @OxfamGBPolicy & @GaDJournal For International Women’s Day 2016, Oxfam Policy & Practice is hosting a joint twitter debate with the Gender & Development Journal on development frameworks and women. Talking to development practitioners, we’ll be exploring people’s concerns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from a women’s rights perspective. How have previous global frameworks …

Addressing equity through taxation: A view from Kenya

Martin Napisa Inequality, Tax

Tax revenue is a vital source of funding for essential services such as infrastructure, health and education. In Kenya tax revenue has increased in recent years but Martin Napisa, from the Kenyan National Taxpayers Association argues that action should be taken to make the tax system more effective and fair. n recent years, the icy state of the world economy …