Ten lessons on entrepreneurship and job creation in the MENA region

Shekhar Anand Inequality, Women's Economic Empowerment, Youth employment

Job creation in the MENA Region, the context and challenges   The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region face unemployment as a common challenge. The youth population is growing but the jobs are not being created at the same pace. Economic growth rates have declined, leading to a lack of employment opportunities sought by a rapidly expanding labour force. Globally, the …

Podcast: Feminist leadership in the hardest places to be a woman

Fenella Porter Gender, Participation and Leadership

[buzzsprout episode=’2767624′ player=’true’] As part of Oxfam’s Breaking New Ground Series, we host a  panel of inspiring female leaders from the world of politics and civil society. The panel discuss their perspectives on what feminist leadership means to them and the importance of women’s participation in peace building and political life. The event took place in London on the 3rd …

Feminist leadership in action

Damaris Ruiz Agriculture, Gender, Inequality, Influencing, Participation and Leadership, Violence Against Women and Girls

Tamsin Smith interviews Damaris Ruiz, Yohanka Valdes, and Maritza Gallardo Lopez, from Oxfam’s Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Regional Women’s Rights and Gender Justice group. They share five ways they are bringing feminist learning into the centre of our organization. Formed five years ago, the LAC Regional Women’s Rights and Gender Justice group comprises Oxfam staff and members of feminist …

Standing up for women’s rights and local leadership in Uganda

Elizabeth Stevens Gender, Governance, Humanitarian, Participation and Leadership, Refugees and IDPs, Violence Against Women and Girls

Elizabeth Stevens describes how a small, local NGO has had an outsized impact on Uganda’s refugee response. Heart, guts, big ideas, and an investor. If you are launching a tiny women’s organization into the rough-and-tumble world of humanitarian response, you had better have all four. That’s what I concluded from my time with African Women and Youth Action for Development …

Investing in women’s entrepreneurship is not enough

Caroline Ashley Gender, Private sector, Women's Economic Empowerment

Ahead of the Gender Smart Investing Summit, Caroline Ashley, Miranda Morgan, Thalia Kidder and Fabian Llinares set out Oxfam’s top tips for gender-smart investing. So you want to invest in women and girls. You want to improve lives and tackle deep-seated problems. But will you be practical and ambitious, tokenistic or transformational? We think some of what we have learnt from years …

Now is the time for women’s rights in the Middle East

Farah Kobaissy Active citizenship, Gender, General

The realization of women’s rights and gender justice in the Middle East and North Africa is inseparably entwined with conflict resolution and peace building efforts explains Farah Kobaissy. “No matter where you are, everyone says that now is not the time to talk about these issues. There is no such thing as women’s rights. We are in times of war, …

Claiming rights for women in Pakistan’s informal economy

Hadia Majid General, New Urbanism

Urban growth in Pakistan brings new challenges for women and new gender inequalities. Hadia Majid and Ammar A. Malik  identify key factors which could help women workers in the informal economy to advocate for better recognition, greater access to services and a larger share in economic growth. Pakistan is the sixth most populated country in the world and it is …

‘I am human and I have hope’: Working with women in Oxfam’s shops

Nikki van der Gaag Gender, General

The Future Skills programme is empowering marginalised women in the UK to grow in confidence and pursue their goals through shop work experience. Nikki van der Gaag recently visited Oxfam’s Manchester Emporium shop and was inspired by the women who are participating in the programme. The Oxfam shop on Oldham Street in Manchester is rightly named the Emporium. Spacious and …

Role models for the next generation: women and democracy in Morocco

Nikki van der Gaag Gender

We arrive in the village in Larache province in Morocco via several wrong turns and a long bumpy earth road that wasn’t really a road at all, to find a huge tent erected on a patch of grass. A large number of women are all shouting animatedly into a microphone. As we enter the tent, an older woman is speaking: …