international women's day

Female climate fighters

Blog: Celebrating female climate change fighters

This International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate Female Climate Change Fighters. In places like Bolivia, the Philippines and Zimbabwe, small-scale female farmers show resilience and strength as they battle the effects of climate change and make their livelihoods happen despite unpredictable weather, dry spells and extreme flooding.

Hawa and daughter Kinisi, somalia. Photo: Adeso

Blog: International Women’s Day: Remittances are a lifeline for women in Somalia

On International Women’s Day it is worth remembering that without remittances, many women in Somalia risk losing their only formal or transparent channel through which to access money.

Farah Al-Basha deals with workers and contractors, in Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Blog: Helping Syrian refugees in a male-dominated environment

Amid a sea of male construction and site workers in Jordan’s sprawling Zaatari desert camp, Oxfam’s female engineer Farah Al-Basha stands out from the crowd.

The energetic 27-year-old Jordanian joined the Oxfam team earlier this year, quitting her job at a private engineering company to work for the aid agency.

Dawn Porter, Gemma Cairney and friends at celebrity Get Together Rumble in the Jumble. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Get Together: UK gets stitched up to celebrate International Women's Day 2012

This is an #IWD2012 blog: celebrating women working in small-scale agriculture as part of International Women's Day 2012.

Counting on chickens? Empowering women in agriculture

Blog: Counting on chickens? Empowering women in agriculture

In spite of the old adage “don’t count your chickens,” these days we take chickens for granted. Walk into any supermarket in European and North American cities and increasingly across the developing world and you will find them in serried ranks in their plastic packaging. A generation or two ago, chickens were a luxury item; nowadays, a chicken costs less than an hours’ minimum wage of a UK worker ($9.52).

Ester Jerome Mtegule

Blog: A journey of unheard women – who made the loudest noise

When I was studying at a university in Bangladesh back in the 1980s, the university had enforced a ‘sunset rule’ for women students. Which in practice meant that the gates of the women’s residence hall would close at sunset, after which no students were allowed to enter or leave the grounds of the residence hall. A perfect rule to keep female students invisible from public places, events and even from libraries. The rule was introduced to ‘protect’ women and keep them ‘safe.’

‘Elephant ditches’ would benefit women farmers in the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia

Blog: ‘Elephant ditches’ would benefit women farmers in the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia

This is an #IWD2012 blog: celebrating women working in small-scale agriculture as part of International Women's Day 2012.

Somali women with their children wait outside an Oxfam supported therapeutic feeding center in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: A woman inspires in Somalia

When it comes to the role of women in society, the East African country of Somalia receives a great deal of negative attention. Given that the country has suffered from years of conflict, and is currently enduring a food crisis, it certainly is a difficult, sometimes dangerous environment where women can be left vulnerable.  

A group of women entering for the female food hero competition in Tanzania. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: IWD 2012: Solidarity with women farmers

Boundaries become seamless on 8 March – International Women's Day. Millions of women, men, boys, girls, from across over 30 countries, in different time zones, from diverse ethnic, linguistic, cultural and economic backgrounds are coming together to celebrate, to show solidarity, and to recognize the rights, the dreams, the aspirations and empowerment of small-scale women farmers and producers.

Helena Christensen speaking to Josephine Kanini

Blog: What I learned from meeting women in Kenya

I have just returned from my third trip with international humanitarian organization Oxfam. This time we visited East Africa where I met Elisabeth and Josephine.


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