Three women walking down the main road of Cirhogole Village. DRC. Credit: Ramon Sanchez Orense/Oxfam

Working with men in the most dangerous place to be a woman

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Fragile contexts, Gender, General, Protection, Violence Against Women and Girls 0 Comments

The Democratic Republic of Congo has become renowned for incredibly high levels of sexual violence. Oxfam partner CEDIER has been working to engage men in the DRC, to tackle some of the widespread beliefs and practices which contribute to making this such a dangerous place for women. Over the last 20 years, the DRC has been characterized by internal armed …

Razida, 35, carries her ten-month old son Anisul through Unchiprang Camp in Bangladesh. Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam.

Speaking out about the Rohingya crisis

Emergency, Humanitarian, Protection, Refugees and IDPs, Research 0 Comments

Oxfam has interviewed Rohingya refugees about their needs, hopes and fears for the future, and published their responses in a new briefing paper. Here Ed Cairns reflects on the responsibility to speak out. More than 626,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since 25 August, one of the fastest movements of people in history. By November, the world’s interest had largely moved …

A woman walks through Hassansham camp for displaced people, near the town of Khazer, Iraq, December 2016.

All these unused toilets – who are we building them for?

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General, Protection, Refugees and IDPs, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 0 Comments

Going to the toilet is one of the most dangerous things you can do as a woman living in a refugee camp. That’s why we’re conducting research into the use of lighting to promote safety around latrines and wash facilities, for World Toilet Day Kerry Akers and Julie Lafrenière share the key findings so far. These shocking quotes are from people …

Podcast: Protecting civilians in conflict

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Conflict, Humanitarian, Protection 0 Comments

As a result of conflict, the world today is faced with huge challenges in protecting civilians. In Yemen, Syria and South Sudan, infrastructures have been destroyed and thousands of people are forced to flea, or face the risks of disease, famine or harm. NGOs and relief agencies play a large role in the protection of civilians, from on the ground …

Raghda, 25, and her brother Younes, 20, from Mosul, Iraq, walk through Hassansham camp near the town of Khazer, Iraq. Credit: Sam Tarling/ Oxfam

Civilians are not a target

Humanitarian, Protection 0 Comments

For World Humanitarian Day Rachel Hastie, Oxfam’s Global Protection Adviser, reflects on our common humanity and what it means. Some years back I was walking my children to school before catching a flight to Darfur. I was going to meet people – ordinary civilians – who had fled attacks on their villages and were still facing dangers and a very uncertain …

Protection of women and girls: a bright idea

Conflict, Humanitarian, Protection, Refugees and IDPs, Violence Against Women and Girls, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 0 Comments

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 …

A women shares her views on the discussion of school fees in a remote corner of western DRC

How programme learning in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) led to piloting a new approach to governance and protection

Governance, Humanitarian, Protection 0 Comments

As we publish a new research report, Protection and Governance: Linking good practice in protection and governance programmes in the DRC, Annabel Morrissey reflects on what Oxfam has learnt about the cross over between governance and protection and how this learning is being used. hen, for the first time ever in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), people refused to …

Women's association and protection committee members raising awareness about protection issues in Bangadi village, Eastern DRC.

Looking back on community based protection in the DRC: Oxfam’s legacy

Humanitarian, Protection 0 Comments

Five years after Oxfam’s funding and support for community protection work in one part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had stopped, we wanted to find out if the work was still having an impact, and if so, how. Helen Lindley-Jones (former Oxfam National Protection Coordinator in the DRC) summarises Oxfam’s learning published in the evaluation report If we …

The value of vouchers: Innovation and empowerment in Iraq

ICT4D, Protection 0 Comments

Corrie Sissons introduces a new e-voucher technology helping to meet the unique needs of households living through the Iraq crisis. The changing nature of humanitarian crises in a modern world means that agencies like Oxfam need to adapt to ensure we meet needs in an effective way. Oxfam in Iraq has been piloting a new approach that does just that; …