Women's Community Discussion Class, Seraghari Village, Nepal. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Blog: How to end the male monopoly on peace: More seats at the table for women

The continuing reality that men enjoy an almost exclusive role in peace processes defies both logic and evidence. This year's Open Debate on Peace and Security at the UN must make headway to change this.

Security in northern Mali

Blog: Security in northern Mali

As soon as the plane lands  in Gao, I see the first signs of fighting in Mali. Little is left of what was once an international airport. The waiting rooms are marked with bullet holes. Windows have  been blown out of their frames. The road between Bamako and Gao is still not secure enough to travel, and we have to use a UN flight.

Blog: 3 facts about Israeli settlements and their impact on Palestinians in the Jordan Valley

The Jordan Valley, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, has the potential to be the breadbasket of any future Palestinian state. However, the persistent expansion of Israeli settlements and other restrictions on Palestinian development have made life extremely difficult for Palestinian communities.

Blog: Trois faits sur les colonies israéliennes et leur impact sur les Palestiniens dans la vallée du Jourdain

La vallée du Jourdain, en Territoire palestinien occupé, dispose du potentiel pour devenir le grenier d'un futur Etat palestinien. Mais l'expansion permanente des colonies israéliennes, ainsi que d'autres restrictions freinant le développement des communautés palestiniennes rend la vie de ces dernières extrêmement difficile.

Les infographies ci-dessous illustrent les difficultés et restrictions qui pèsent sur les Palestiniens en matière de construction et d’accès à l’eau et à la terre.

Protecting women in conflict

Blog: Protecting women in conflict

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:

"We can" campaign in Sri Lanka for Women rights. Photo: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Blog: Summer school on women, peace and security: Apply now!

After two successful summer school sessions in 2010 and 2011, Oxfam Novib once again organizes a summer school on Women, Peace and Security in The Hague, the Netherlands this year. 

Photo: Oxfam protection officer Jeremie Kaomba speaking at a workshop.

Blog: DRC: Trying to build security where fear prevails

Eastern Congo is supposed to be at peace. But life for civilians in Mweso health zone, Masisi territory, North Kivu, is anything but peaceful.

Although a peace agreement was signed three years ago, ongoing instability, violence, a worsening humanitarian situation and festering ethnic tensions continue to make life precarious for civilians.

Oxfam technicians repair a damaged hand pump in Pathuon West. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: South Sudan: Oxfam improves access to water in remote communities

“I used to fight. If I hadn't fought, my family would have had nothing to drink”, said Arek Mondeng, a 13-year old girl from southern Sudan when asked about her experience in fetching water from other villages.

Oxfam activists pose as G8 leaders near the Summit in Huntsville.  Photo : Allan Lissner/Oxfam

Blog: Are the G8 leaders lost?

The Oxfam team had an early start today as we left the Highwayman Inn in Orillia, Ontario and travelled to Huntsville in the wee hours of the morning to set up our second Big Head stunt for the G8 Summits. Although we were right on track, it seemed as though The Big heads had lost their way. 

They had reached a crossroad and were facing a tough decision: Will they exhibit leadership and mark this G8 Summit as a turning point in the fight against poverty, or will they just be lost tourists, stumbling around in Canada’s cottage country?

Flying kites for Afghanistan

Blog: Flying kites for Afghanistan

Today is the start of an important week for the people in Afghanistan. While foreign ministers and diplomats are arriving in The Hague to attend an international conference to discuss the future of Afghanistan, many Afghan civilians feel vulnerable and say that their situation has worsened over the past years.

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