Raising Her Voice

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"Have faith in Syrian women. We can do anything...." Why including Syria's women in negotiations is critical for the peace process.

A few days after the high-profile summit on ending sexual violence in conflict hosted by the UK government and Angelina Jolie in London, a group of Syrian women met in Amman, Jordan. There were no celebrities at this meeting, and no cameras. In fact, if there had been cameras many of the women would not have been able to participate. 

This was a…


Added by Emily Brown on June 27, 2014 at 10:18 — No Comments

Building women’s leadership in the most difficult places (Pakistan) – Raising Her Voice case study for your comments

Well known for its highly articulate and influential women, Pakistan is also notorious for the severe restrictions placed on women’s personal and political liberties.




Added by Emily Brown on June 6, 2014 at 9:59 — No Comments

UK Young Women Speak Out: Their European Parliament Manifesto for Change

A great initiative from young women acroos the UK, supported by NAWO to help put Gender on Europe’s Agenda.

The detailed 6-point Manifesto includes calls for the EU to address the representation and treatment of women in the media - including social media and for more education on gender equality and sexual relationships.

Read the full report -…


Added by Emily Brown on April 25, 2014 at 20:18 — No Comments

‘Hope’: a new fund to promote women’s rights in the 'Arab Spring' countries

A great new blog from Oxfam's 'Amal' programme reflecting on the changes for women three years after the…


Added by Emily Brown on March 17, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

First UN Resolution on the Protection of Women Human Rights Defenders

Civil Society Section

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights…


Added by Emily Brown on January 2, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments




Added by Jacky Repila on November 29, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Changing attitudes and laws around gender based violence, from UN conference halls to village committees.


Read Cat Meredith's excellent Blog post on Oxfam's Policy and Practice a quick tour of the globe to capture both the horror of the pandemic that is gender based violence and the hope for a society where women and girls live violence free lives.

Added by Jacky Repila on November 29, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

VSO Briefing Paper: Advancing Women's Power & Participation in Political & Public Life

An invitation to read this great briefing paper produced by VSO.  Persuasive and robust, it makes a strong case for how to make the most of the post 2015 MDG framework to promote and support women's participation and influence in political and public life.


Added by Jacky Repila on November 18, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

When women get together great things are possible – lessons from Raising Her Voice


For five years Raising Her Voice has worked in 17 countries to promote women’s participation and influence in decision making. Here Emily Brown, programme coordinator, shares her lessons as we launch the final programme evaluation and summary......


‘A few years back when I visited their villages, these women used to hide their faces when I…


Added by Emily Brown on November 8, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Useful resources: women's rights campaigns and advocacy....engaging political parties, quotas etc


Added by Emily Brown on September 13, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Celebrating a decade of the African Women's Rights Protocol

"It remains a fact that gender parity is a challenge for women across the globe. Yet the African continent boasts an exemplary legal instrument that guarantees comprehensive rights to women - The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women which marked its 10 year anniversary on July 11, 2013", writes Nairobi based Faiza Jama Mohamed of Equality Now in her article summarising the historic importance of the…


Added by Jacky Repila on July 11, 2013 at 10:51 — No Comments

The Politics of Our Lives: The Raising Her Voice in Pakistan Experience

We are delighted to announce the launch of another RHV case study, showing the difference that RHV has made to the lives of 187,500 women and men in Pakistan.

This paper paints a vivid picture of the amazing achievements of some 1,500 women activists, who with the support of the Aurat Foundation and Oxfam Pakistan, have enabled women to step into public spaces and make their voices not only heard but matter.

Just as importantly, the paper shares some of the learning about ways…


Added by Jacky Repila on July 5, 2013 at 14:14 — No Comments

Join the day of action against femicide in Honduras


‘In memory of their lives, we will not allow their deaths to go unpunished’…


Added by Jacky Repila on June 19, 2013 at 16:16 — No Comments

Never too late to celebrate - the passing of the VAPP Bill in Nigeria

History is made as Nigeria passes domestic violence law

Posted by Jacky Repila Learning and Communications Officer, Raising Her Voice

9th May 2013

 As we celebrate Nigeria's parliamentary approval of a landmark bill on gender based violence, we ask what, and who, made the difference the third time around?

History was made in Nigeria this March. On its third reading,…


Added by Jacky Repila on June 3, 2013 at 13:13 — No Comments

VEERU KOHLI: From bonded labourer to ELECTION HOPEFUL!!

On the top of her election agenda is to end bonded slavery everywhere – a cause close to her heart considering her past. Veeru lived in a small hut in the Hoosri neighbourhood of Hyderabad, along with her family of agricultural workers. Wearing a traditional ghaghra and an armful of bangles like every other Kohli woman, the 47-year-old has come a long way, she explains.

Veero Kolhi Is First Hindu Woman To Contest Elections In Pakistan. She is an active member of Raising Her Voice…


Added by Asim Malik on April 16, 2013 at 9:29 — No Comments

An Everest of Courage


An Everest of Courage

A saga of rural women struggling for change and empowerment.

The success story of Raising Her Voice in Nepal.

Added by Sandhya Shrestha on March 27, 2013 at 13:41 — No Comments

Sindh Assembly passes domestic violence bill

 International Women’s Day and Aurat Foundation

                        It was a great day for…


Added by Asim Malik on March 12, 2013 at 5:37 — 2 Comments

Thank you to Women's rights movements from Jenny Enarsson and Shawna Wakefield

There was some great material, celebratory and thought provoking, added to the Oxfam Policy and Practice website on International Women's Day on Friday. They can be found at http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/blog


One article, written by Jenny Enarsson, Gender Justice Capacity Building Adviser, and Shawna Wakefield, Gender Justice Lead, with Oxfam reminds us of the advances that have been made in women's rights, and the…


Added by Jacky Repila on March 11, 2013 at 8:57 — No Comments

Are global gender norms shifting?

From Poverty to Power's Duncan Green has a new post at http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=13856 looking at new research from World Bank on global gender norms.

"I've been thinking a bit about norms recently – how do the unwritten rules

that guide so much of our behaviour and understanding of what is

acceptable/right/normal etc evolve over time? Because they undoubtedly do –

look at…


Added by Jacky Repila on March 11, 2013 at 8:42 — No Comments

FRIDA 2013 - Young Feminists Programme Call for Proposals now open!

Check it out: http://eepurl.com/vmCpD


Following the success of our first round of grantmaking, we are looking forward to supporting up to 16 more  young feminist groups from around the world. We believe that supporting young feminist organising is key to the expansion, rejuvenation, and sustainability of women’s movements and organizations,…


Added by Emily Brown on February 25, 2013 at 13:03 — No Comments

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