Couples interviewed by Oxfam in Bolivia. Credit: Oxfam

In the name of love: Act to end intimate partner violence

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‘When someone starts hurting us “in the name of love” it’s time to change partners.’ As we mark the 16 days of activism against gender based violence Catalina Ruiz explains how Oxfam in Bolivia is campaigning against violence in relationships. A few months ago, in Bolivia, Oxfam brought together young activists from across the country as part of a campaign …

Image from the #JealousyIsNoExcuse campaign. Credit: Oxfam

Jealousy is NO excuse for violence

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In the run up to 16 Days of Activism Muthoni Muriithi, the Africa Enough Campaigner at Oxfam International, explains their new campaign which tackles jealousy as a cause of domestic violence. Follow #JealousyIsNoExcuse on social media to keep up with the campaign. Who are you talking to? Where were you, why did you come home late? Why did he look at you? Why …

An Iraqi woman looks out of her damaged house. Credit: Tommy Trenchard/Oxfam

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

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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, …

Wend-Kouni, from Rouko village, Burkina Faso, digs for gold. Ollivier Girad/CIFOR

No environmental justice without gender justice

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Gender equality and women’s rights are core to attaining sustainable, just human development. Editor, Caroline Sweetman, introduces the natural resource justice issue of the Gender & Development journal. 2017 is on course to be the deadliest year yet for environmental activism: 150 women and men have so far been murdered for defending natural resources and the communities who depend on …

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

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‘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 …

Street march on the day of the Honduran woman, 25 January 2016. Credit: Las Hormigas

Las Hormigas: fighting for justice for women in Honduras

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As part of our October focus on the amazing work of Oxfam partners we spoke to Eva Sanchez from ‘Las Hormigas’ (the ants) women’s rights organization in Honduras.  The murder of women and gender based violence frequently go unpunished in Honduras, according to one report out of 463 cases of femicide in 2016 only 15 were investigated. Las Hormigas is …

A women in Far Western Nepal uses a water pump to wash pots and pans. (Photo credit: Andrew Reckers

Why access to water may not benefit all women equally


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In a study of water projects in Western Nepal Stephanie Leder and Floriane Clement found that community dynamics impacted on planning processes. As a result the more marginalized and disadvantaged women were less likely to benefit from improved water supplies. (Stephanie and Floriane, with Emma Karki, authored an article for the WASH issue of Gender & Development ). Global discourses …

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

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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 …

A presentation at Fulchari Union. Credit: Caroline Ashley/Oxfam

A no ‘tick-box’ approach to gender and resilience

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A key question for Oxfam and the development sector is how to address the different challenges faced by people living in poverty in a holistic fashion. However, our partners are often already successfully addressing multiple issues at once as Caroline Ashley saw in Bangladesh. I’ve seen gender treated as a ‘tick-box’ exercise – yes women participated. The same goes for …

Protection of women and girls: a bright idea

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How can humanitarians help to protect women and girls from sexual violence in conflict situations? First we must ensure that our interventions don’t inadvertently place them in greater danger. For World Humanitarian Day, Kerry Akers explains why Oxfam is conducting research into the use of lighting around latrines in emergencies. Sometimes we harm the people we try to help. As …