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Before arriving in Ethiopia last week, I knew of the country’s reputation as one of Africa’s most tradition-bound societies; as a country in which men and women have clearly defined roles.
Fetching water, which can be grueling and tedious work, is one such role. It’s just one of many tasks that girls and women are expected to perform in households across Ethiopia every day. Others include gathering firewood, cooking food, caring for children and elderly relatives, maintaining the home, and working on the family farm.
Two-dozen women are gathered under a tree sheltering from the harsh sun and constant hot wind that blows here in Dadaab Refugee Camp, in eastern Kenya.
Oxfam has organized to meet exclusively with groups of women here in the outskirts of Ifo camp, offering them a unique opportunity to talk openly about what they need to make their lives here a little more comfortable.
Oxfam’s Esther Kabahuma tells me when the communities and families are asked for feedback and comment here on how their needs are being met, it is generally the men who answer the questions.
As we explore the elements of the new GROW campaign, we’re asking, where are the women?
Women who struggle daily to grow, process, sell, and cook food for their families are painfully aware that the current food system is failing millions of people. Women play a key role in feeding the world, but often it is them that are ignored and left short changed.
In the hundred years since the first International Women’s Day there has been much progress in the advancing of women’s rights, but much more remains to be done.
A new report by Oxfam has uncovered the reality of life for some of Iraqi society's most vulnerable people – women. Jennifer Abrahamson, Regional Media Coordinator with Oxfam GB, explains why more needs to be done to help them.