"I did realise the difference between the hours men worked and the hours women worked. We thought this was natural – we thought it was what everyone was doing." Kitabe, 25, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Critical junctures and the redistribution of care work

Research, Women's Economic Empowerment 0 Comments

Women’s heavy and unequal contributions to care work are a challenge to their participation in social, economic and political life and overall wellbeing. How can project interventions change this? Senior researcher Martin Walsh reflects on the findings of two in-depth studies in Uganda and Ethiopia. One of the aims of Oxfam’s WE-Care (Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care) initiative is the …

Shienna Cabus and her 4 year old daughter travel to a local water source to collect spring water for the family in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, Philippines.Credit: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville/Oxfam

Women’s work? Challenging gender roles in the Philippines

Gender, General, Women's Economic Empowerment 0 Comments

‘We forget our tiredness when the kiss is there.’ Nikki van der Gaag reports from the Philippines on a partnership that is changing ideas about men’s and women’s roles in the home. There is a bright red advertisement on the road from Tacloban airport to the town. It has a photograph of a woman with pale skin and red lipstick …

Paulina Sibanda’s husband Opheus Dube helps her with cooking in their kitchen in Zvishevane region, Zimbabwe. Paulina is a beneciary of the Oxfam We-Care project in partnership with Unilever/Surf. Paulina received this fuel efficient wood stove and as well as a solar panel. Credit: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville / Oxfam

How businesses can tackle the social norms that limit women

General, Private sector, Women's Economic Empowerment 0 Comments

Across the world, women make a significant contribution to global supply chains, in spite of complex hurdles that limit their inclusion and their leadership. How can businesses make it easier for women to fulfil their potential? Claudia Canepa shares some ideas from Oxfam’s private sector partnerships. The UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (HLP) recently identified seven key …

Virginie Mukagatare and her two daughters, remove beans from their pods. As well as working on a tea farm, Virginie farms beans to feed her family. Credit: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville / Oxfam

Taking women’s empowerment beyond the paid economy

Gender, Women's Economic Empowerment 0 Comments

How can development programmes support women’s economic empowerment while taking into account the burden of unpaid care work? Mar Maestre shares her research findings as part of the discussions taking place this week at the WEE Global Learning Forum 2017. The advancement of women’s rights and economic empowerment in market systems contributes to the economic well-being of families, communities, and …

Grace Aloyo, 23 and Mark Olara, 30 years old, have been married for 7 years and they have 5 children, including a pair of twin girls. The three older children go to school. They are farmers who grow millet, maize, sorghum, pigeon peas and simsim. “I mainly sell sorghum. I put aside 3 acres of land for maize and pigeon peas. We use oxen to cultivate the land,” Aloyo says. Credit: Julius Ceaser Kasujja/Oxfam

#WEEForumchat – Unpaid Care Work

Gender, Women's Economic Empowerment 0 Comments

Oxfam and the Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Knowledge Hub, recently held a Twitter chat on unpaid care and women’s economic empowerment for the WEE Global Learning Forum. As part of a day long Twitter event hosted by the SEEP Network and Banyan Global, this was part of wider debates around WEE. Below is a summary of the discussions which took …

WE care programme beneficiary.

Showing that we care: Challenging assumptions on unpaid care

Gender, Women's Economic Empowerment 0 Comments

Nikki van der Gaag, Director of Gender Justice and Women’s Rights at Oxfam, introduces us to the issue of unpaid care work and the impact that this has on women’s lives and women’s economic empowerment. here isn’t a woman in the world who doesn’t struggle to balance unpaid care and household work with her other responsibilities, including paid work. Which …