Tuesday’s Behind The Brands campaign launch kicked off with a call for Mars, Mondelez International and Nestle to stop ignoring the women who are working in their cocoa supply chains. Between them, these three companies net more than $45 billion a year in confectionary sales. But throughout their cocoa supply chains – from growers to pickers – women are getting a raw deal.
On February 14th, people around the world will be rising up together to protest, dance, march, and sing in a shared voice to demand an end to violence against women and girls. One Billion Rising, an inspiring global movement, couldn’t come a moment too soon.
In collaboration with the civil society collective in Lucknow, Oxfam India recently organized the first state-level stock taking in Uttar Pradesh on the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. This was to cooincide with International Human Rights Day and the concluding day of 16 Days of Activism.
Why does Violence Against Women happen? What does it have to do with development? What does Oxfam do to end violence against women? What does it mean to do that work with a transformative approach?
Raising Her Voice works in 17 countries to promote the rights and ability of poor women to increase their influence and ensure their voices are heard so that those in power – from village leaders to politicians and lawmakers – become more accountable to them. Jenny Enarsson reports on a meeting of the Latin American Raising Her Voice participants.
Aisha, Wafa and Hafsa never imagined that their tragedies would signal a wake-up call for the residents of their small village in western Yemen. The two sisters Wafa and Aisha and their cousin Hafsa got married in 2010, when they were all under 16 – as is the custom in their village.
27 activists, international development professionals, and academics met in The Hague on 4 June for the third annual Women Peace and Security Global Training.
This two week training focused on several subject areas to enable participants to:
The harmonies of singing women filled the air in Iyenge village as Esther Jerome, Anna Oloshuro and Mwandiwe Makame kicked off the celebrations to launch the 2012 Mama Shujaa Wa Chakula – Tanzania’s “Female Food Hero.”
This national ‘reality TV-style’ competition aims to raise awareness of the incredible achievements of female food producers across the country, whose contributions to society often go unrecognized.
Despite progressive legislation on women’s rights the reality in rural communities in India is far different. Jim Clarken, Executive Director of Oxfam Ireland, visited Hyderabad and met some inspirational women from Oxfam partners combating the exploitation and abuse of women.
Jameen wraps up our 2012 AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development coverage with this inspiring entry!
The word "courage" comes from the Latin word ‘cuer’ meaning heart. Courage translates to possessing the confidence "to lay bare your vulnerability and speak from the heart."