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Interview with Hala Al-Karib: reflections and learning from the experience of Sudanese women's organising in the 2018-19 revolution

Sharing here a powerful 5minute (or long version available if you’re 40mins keen....!) interview with Hala Al-Karib, feminist activist and Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA Network).

In October 2020, Hala joined a FEMNET & Oxfam joint feminist advocacy and influencing workshop to share her reflections, learning and advice on the feminist what, WHY and how of highly-effective community-based…


Added by Emily Brown on June 10, 2021 at 12:48 — No Comments

Oxfam Statement to the 65th Commission of the Status of Women, March 2021

Full statement here: https://undocs.org/E/CN.6/2021/NGO/83 ;

Statement Extract: 

Oxfam affirms that the substantive representation and participation of women

in all their diversity in public decision-making is critical for social progress, and the

fulfilment of human rights for all. Women have long organised and led environmental,

social justice, peace, labour and political movements to provide…


Added by Emily Brown on February 26, 2021 at 14:32 — No Comments

New Resource: Keepers of the Land - Transformative Leadership for Women's Land Rights

Powerful new Oxfam training of trainers manual in support of Transformative Leadership for African Women's Land Rights programme. 

OXFAM together with its partners has developed a Training of Trainers (ToT) manual on Transformative Leadership for Women’s Land Rights (TLWR) as a product of a European Union (EU)…


Added by Emily Brown on August 19, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Research into perceptions, norms & systems influencing voting patterns and impacts on Kenyan women’s leadership

Consultancy: Understanding perceptions, norms & systems influencing formal voting patterns & impacts on Kenyan women’s leadership

Oxfam in Kenya is inviting applications from suitable consultants/consultancy firms to undertake evidence-based research analysis to understand the perceptions, norms and systems influencing formal voting patterns and its impact on women’s participation in political leadership using a gender transformative…


Added by Emily Brown on March 11, 2020 at 17:48 — No Comments

Transformative Leadership for Women's Rights.....Live at the Tunis Global Gender Equality Forum


Oxfam, CAWTER and live at the Tunisia Annual Forum on Gender Equality 2019: Transformative Approaches for Collective Feminist Leadership to Achieve SDGs Goals

This is time of acute inequalities, the rise of anti-rights movements, shrinking civic spaces and the…


Added by Emily Brown on April 26, 2019 at 8:38 — No Comments

Great example of transformative programming in Burundi - livelihoods and transformative women's leadership at their combined best....!

Identity, Dignity and Empowerment: TLWR School in Buhema

“We have demonstrated that we women are also capable. We can also plan for the future and ride bikes just like men. In construction work we make bricks or collect water. Now we are doing development work.” TLWR School…


Added by Emily Brown on December 21, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Deeds Not Words.....Doing Development (Very) Differently! A case for more and better investment in transformative women's leadership programming

Have you ever felt like no one's listening to you? Do you think it's fair...? No Oxfam doesn't either. That's why Raising Her Voice http://www.oxfam.org.uk/raisinghervoice Oxfam's global programme of work to support women's political voice, participation and…


Added by Emily Brown on February 5, 2018 at 14:16 — No Comments

Manarat: Stories of inspiring women from the Middle East and North Africa

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, Oxfam's Regional Gender Justice Programme launched Manarat(Lighthouse)a digital comic campaign to tell the stories of Pioneer Women from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who have contributed to their societies or excelled in their fields.

The campaign aimed at…


Added by Emily Brown on July 11, 2017 at 15:25 — No Comments

SOAWR Documentary on the voices of women in rural context around the Maputo Protocol

*Introductory message from the Solidarity for African Women's Rights coalition and Secretariat hosts, Equality Now, Nairobi.

"We take this opportunity to share…


Added by Emily Brown on May 26, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

Co-creating Feminist Innovation: Lessons Learned from the "Roots Lab" Design Process

Roots Lab is an exciting new social innovation lab for young women’s rights, created in partnership with FRIDA | The Young Feminist FundGlobal Fund for WomenOxfam, and the Young Foundation. Chloe Safier takes us through how and why it came about...... 

Read the…


Added by Emily Brown on April 11, 2017 at 17:31 — No Comments

March 2017 GADN Consultancy: Development of Gender in Political Analysis Practitioners’ Guidance Note

Short-term Consultancy - March 2017


The GADN Women’s Participation and Leadership (WPL) working group is seeking a short-term consultant to support the working group in the development of a ‘Practitioners Guidance Note’ around Gender in Political Analysis and Politically-smart Programming, aiming to ground future sector practice around political analysis and politically-smart programming in a better understanding of women’s political…


Added by Emily Brown on March 20, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

New Oxfam Research Backgrounder: Transformative, Feminist Leadership for Women's Rights."

The complex threats to women’s rights today, particularly in societies dealing with conflict, poverty, and inequality, requires a critical mass of feminist leaders to lead the way in shifting oppressive power dynamics that keep harmful systems in place.

Women’s organizations and movements are creating alternative models, ones…


Added by Emily Brown on February 17, 2017 at 18:04 — No Comments

New paper: Transformative Leadership for Women's Rights in Africa: Learning from Oxfam's work

There are 22 in our council.  We women are only 8…but the men are noisy but not effective. If men are not accounting, we will. We’re showing a different way of doing things.” Councillor, Kitgum, Northern Uganda

Oxfam’ believes that women’s own agency is central to achieving lasting change at all levels - in households, communities, businesses, and decision-making spaces across the world. Our ‘Gender Justice’ work – in Africa and…


Added by Emily Brown on January 23, 2017 at 18:49 — No Comments

Ahmad Ghourabi, l’étudiant qui veut faire avancer les droits des femmes....

For all French speakers amongst you....this article from Oxfam's Lana programme (meaning "ours" in Arabic) currently being supported in Lebanon, Jordan, and Northern Iraq.

Lana aims to increase women’s meaningful participation in the way decisions are made in the home, community, and wider society (so the private and public spheres) with…


Added by Emily Brown on June 12, 2015 at 10:49 — No Comments

Time For Women To Lead....Join our Call to Action

Women’s participation in national politics across the Middle East and North Africa is the LOWEST in the world. But there are women who want to make change happen and want to actively engage in political and civic life throughout the region. Where women have been involved as such – social, economic and political gender inequality has reduced. …


Added by Emily Brown on May 12, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Celebrated Honduran women’s rights defender Gladys Lanza found guilty of defamation - Take Action

Raising Her Voice friends and family may recognise Gladys Lanza - a Honduran feminist activist and representative of Visitacion Padilla, our long-time women's rights partner in Honduras. 

Gladys was recently found guilty of defamation - for defending a woman who accused a well-connected government official of sexual harassment. "The verdict is aimed at sending a powerful message to all defenders of women’s rights in the country: “If you don’t want to be prosecuted, stay…


Added by Emily Brown on March 20, 2015 at 10:58 — No Comments

Add your Voice Urgently - Call upon the Nigerian Senate to Pass the VAPP Bill into Law

Friends and members of this online community may remember the small contribution that RHV funding and our solidarity made to the Nigerian women's movement's Herculean efforts to progress the Violence Against Peoples Prohibition Bill through the courts. 

Today, the campaign is asking for you help to call upon the Nigerian Senate to pass the Bill through its final…


Added by Emily Brown on January 23, 2015 at 10:27 — No Comments

New Resource: Progress on women's empowerment: from technical fixes to political action

Helpful overview from the Overseas Development Institute of key development theories and concepts shaping women's empowerment thinking today and how these are put into action.....a good reminder for all of us and useful sections for sharing with non-gender colleagues (plus a great bibliography!)

Key messages:

- Women’s empowerment is a process of personal and social change through which they gain power, meaningful choices and control over their…


Added by Emily Brown on January 12, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

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