It may not have had a red carpet premiere, but as Jacky Repila, Oxfam GB Programme Learning Officer, explains, the Raising Her Voice animation, launched this week is cause for celebration. Here, she gives us her guide to the making of an Oxfam first:
Ever had a message to convey that you knew was really important and yet also very complex to explain?
Yesterday I shared with you a new animation on women’s political voice – and today, to inspire you, I would like to share with you a selection of the finest feminist activist sites from around the world.
Have you ever felt like no one is listening to you? Do you think it's fair? No, Oxfam doesn't either...
And that's why Raising Her Voice, Oxfam's global program of work to support women's political voice, participation and leadership has been changing this so that for millions of women worldwide, when it comes to taking decisions, they have as much say as the next person.
“The mission of the [World] Bank depends on moving towards gender equality.’- Jim Kim, Head of the World Bank, launch of Voice and Agency, Washington DC
“Women’s leadership is a fundamental part of Oxfam’s work, and our commitment to putting women’s rights at the heart of all we do. As an organization, we use our influence and leadership to change unjust power relations.
With just 48 hours to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo, there was no time to lose once we crossed the border into Goma from Rwanda. I was travelling with Mark Goldring of Oxfam GB and Robbert van den Berg, the regional director for Oxfam Novib. Our mission was to visit our humanitarian programs, and assess progress since the signing of a major regional peace accord last year.
The evidence is clear: Strong development and the achievement of women’s rights are intrinsically bound — in everything from economic growth, access to education, food and health security to the environment, peace‐building and good governance.
Yet of the people who live in extreme poverty around the world, most are women. Women do two-thirds of the world’s work and produce half of the world’s food. They earn only 10 percent of the world’s income, and too often don’t have enough to eat.
When I touch the sensitive subject of security, all I see is discomfort and eyes wandering off to avoid mine. On Friday (21 February) I met with another young woman, a girl in fact, who is so uncomfortable speaking about the topic, in this camp for South Sudanese refugees in Arua, North Uganda.
Just 17 years old, Nyebuony escaped the violence in South Sudan, together with her three siblings. No parents, just them, as appears to be quite common in this crisis.
“Why… Why fight such a painful battle if at the end of the day I can bring no real change to the lives of my fellow citizens?”
This Oxfam #16Days recap was written by Daniela Rosche, Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Gender Justice for Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), and Chloe Safier, Gender Justice Co-ordinator for Oxfam International.