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Stop violence against women and girls.

Blog: What role do you play in normalizing violence against women?

Society has a long list of absurd reasons and excuses for the rape of womxn and gender-non-binary people. Silence is complicity. Here are some tips on how, instead, you can be part of the solution.

Meeting the women at the heart of the GROW campaign – part 1

Blog: Meeting the women at the heart of the GROW campaign – part 1

I’ve just taken over at Oxfam International as Head of Advocacy, Policy and Research for the GROW campaign. Getting to grips with the broad range of issues covered in the campaign – from land grabbing and sustainable agriculture to climate change and volatility of food prices – is a bit daunting.

A year on from Durban, Lindi and Ndivile bring their story to Doha

Blog: A year on from Durban, Lindi and Ndivile bring their story to Doha

"What the people in there need to understand," Lindi Nzwana says to me as she points her finger toward the door of a meeting room, "is that we cannot wait any longer. For us, climate change is something that we are experiencing today. That we are going through now."

Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

Blog: Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

The climate negotiations in Durban are stuttering. There is little progress on agreement on the emission reductions needed to keep warming below 2 degrees. There is also a rumbling debate about how to fill the Green Climate Fund.

Barbecued mealies (corn cobs), madumbes (root vegetable like potatoes), grilled beef, and puthu (stiff maize porridge), South Africa. Photo: Paul Weinberg/Oxfam.

Blog: Angélique Kidjo: Climate Action, One Bite at a Time

There is an old African riddle I am very fond of: “How do you eat an elephant?” To which the answer is “A bite at a time.” It should be on every ones lips at the climate change talks in Durban. It can seem that climate change is so big, so complex, so all encompassing that, like our culinary elephant, it is too big to handle and there is nothing we can do to make a difference. Not true. It just needs to be taken a bite at a time. 

The UN negotiations help give developing countries - who are often cut out of other decision making processes - a voice.

Blog: Beyond the US vs. China

From 29 November until 12 December, Richard Casson will be blogging from the United Nation climate summit in Cancun, Mexico.  Read his other entries here.

As a 'newbie' to United Nations summits (I've never been to one of these conferences before) I was advised yesterday morning to take an hour to attend the opening ceremony.

Dancing flash mob at the Copenhagen Summit. Credit: Rully Rayoga/ Oxfam

Blog: Reflections on Day 1 of the UN Climate Conference

The queues for the Bella Centre started just after dawn. Yesterday the building was quiet and clean as a church. It’s lunchtime on the first day and already the place looks more like a students union. The Oxfam team is huddled near the entrance to the media centre –we’ve just had our first squabble over plugpoints.

The first ‘incident’ has just occurred – this time it was a group of kids doing a kooky and good tempered ‘climate dance’, but the tone of direct actions inside the Bella Centre is likely to sour pretty quickly. 

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