Women's Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Knowledge Hub

Women's Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Knowledge Hub

WEE Leadership Awards 2018

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Oxfam’s Knowledge Hub on Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) in Agriculture is organising the 2018 Oxfam WEE Leadership Awards to recognise staff members from across Oxfam and partner and community organisations who have shown exceptional championship of WEE.

The Hub will announce the winners of this award on Thursday 21st June.  

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee, who will consider the following criteria:

  • the nominee leads and inspires others to advance WEE in their work,
  • the nominee's work incorporates new ways of working and understanding for advancing WEE ,
  • the nominee finds innovative solutions to challenges faced by WEE programming ,
  • the nominee engages external actors in advancing WEE,
  • We are looking for champions whose work in development, humanitarian response and/or campaigns illustrates how to work with others to implement sustained WEE, as illustrated in Oxfam's Conceptual Framework.

We received nominations for  26inspiring individuals from across 16 countries. Nominations include 15 individuals from partner and community organisations, 9 from Oxfam country offices and 2 from above-country Oxfam teams. The nominees and the reasons for which they were nominated are outlined below.



Halima Mohammed from Nigeria, for creating 50 VSLA groups through which she has linked up over 1215 women to support. Some of her work has been featured on the 14th episode of Oxfam Take Kira Radio Programme.  

Colette Solomon, Women on Farms Project (WFP) Director, seasonal farm worker Maya Barlai and programme coordinator Roseline Engelbrecht (all based in South Africa) for their work with an Oxfam Germany and WFP project on labour rights violations of farm workers, including an advocacy visit to Germany in October 2017. Their visit was broadly covered in the media and they positively engaged with politicians, trade unions, women´s organisations and newspapers.  

Lois Aduamoah Addo, from Ghana, for her work with women at the grassroots level to equip them with the key information and statistics to share with their members of parliament during world celebrations days (World Food Day, GROW Week), and engagement with the Ministries of Gender, Food and Agriculture, Land and Natural Resources to highlight Oxfam’s work on women's land rights.  

Rogaya Hamza Osman from Sudan, for her work as LEAP project manager for PASED (Oxfam partner organisation), linking women's empowerment work with microfinance and local area development, and for her work using the Gender Action Learning System (GALS).  

Aly SANOU from Burkina Faso, for his work as Secrétaire Général for Mouvement Burkinabè des Droits de l'Homme et des Peuples (MBDHP)


Moon Ali, from Pakistan, for working on HIV/AIDS and other health related issues of the transgender community. She has successfully implemented a multi-country project “Reducing the Impact of HIV on men who have sex with men and transgender populations in South Asia” in Lahore Pakistan with the collaboration of UNDP and Save the Children. She also represents the Transgender community at different national and international platforms.  

Ho Thi Nghia from Vietnam, for her work as a community leader in mobilizing other women to monitor the Government's electric subsidy policy, poverty reduction program and commune road construction project.

Middle East

Arwa Atawneh, Director for Saving and credit Cooperative Association, in Hebron, Palestine, for working with more than 400 hundred women through 10 rural clubs across Hebron governorate, and works as secretary and chair-person of two companies in the agriculture and food production sectors. She supports women to participate in different production exhibitions all over the West Bank, increasing their access to markets and introducing their products to consumers.

Rateeba Ahmed Ahel from Palestine and formally Syria, for with working with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UWAC) to pioneer a business enterprise "Sham Antique" providing unique collections of Middle Eastern dishes to customers in Gaza.            

Nancy Al Khatib, from the West Bank, for developing women’s communication skills, resilience projects, establishing women cooperatives and advocating for women's rights. She has also been working on an innovative agricultural project (permaculture planting) where environmentally friendly agricultural practices will be implemented and adopted for future use.  


Marie Effoisie Dorcelus from Haiti, for her work as the coordinator of AFASDAH, an association of 900 women created in 2003, whose vision is to fight against violence against women and the economic empowerment of rural women in Artibonite, Haiti.  

Jesula Blanc from Haiti for her work as Advocacy Manager for Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés Haiti, where she has been advocating for women's rights for over 10 years, organizing women to promote their socio-economic inclusion and addressing the high levels of gender-based violence, particularly along the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 

Etelbina Betanco, for her work as Coordinator of Asociación de Mujeres Defensoras de la Vida (AMDV) in Honduras, where she works training and empowering women leaders, and on the current Oxfam and AMDV project "Building Citizenship with Equality and Equity".  



Country staff and volunteers

Buthaina Mizyed from Occupied Palestinian Territories, for her work improving the capacities of Oxfam partners on gender and market systems, with a participatory approach, including her colleagues in country, five partners and staff members in the Economic Justice team in Oxford.  

Seher Afsheen, from Pakistan, for her work as the Project Lead for Empower Youth for Work in Pakistan and specifically working with a Youth Cohort of girls between the age of 15-25 to bring their entrepreneurial spirit to light and support their economic empowerment. 

Yee Yee Thant, from Myanmar, for working to build gender into the project she runs with 2 partners. She has introduced saving groups and income generation activities targeting women, and piloted a participatory "photovoice" methodology to stimulate discussion on gender norms relating to land and agriculture at village level.  

Safarova Shamigul from Tajikistan, for her work as Volunteer Community Mobilizer primarily at her village after she received a 5-day Master's Trainer Training on Savings for Change model in the early 2017. She is now successfully providing support to 17 savings groups consisting of over 250 members, who are mainly women.  

Qurbonova Ibodatkhon, from Tajikistan, for working as a Volunteer Community Mobilizer in Oxfam's Savings for Change project since 2017. She even played the facilitator's role in a Training video, developed for training purpose at the community level.  

Linda Chinengundu in South Sudan, for her work as EFSVL Team Leader in Malakal, South Sudan, running the DFDI HARRIS programme which has a key component for women, kitchen gardening and livestock/fisheries.  

Chioma Ukwuagu from Nigeria for her work as Gender Mainstreaming Coordinator and Confidential Counsellor in Oxfam’s Country Office, implementing the Rapid Care Analysis training in Nigeria that engaged all programs and partners in the country.  

Konima Bobor-Kamara, the Gender and Human Rights Lead for Oxfam in Sierra Leone, for her team-work on the design of the multi-country programme between Oxfam and Liberia, a joint initiative with UN Women, and previously spearheading the WEE Initiative in Port Loko and Koinadugu 

Bertha Chiudza from Malawi, for her work as Transformative Women's Leadership Manager, Oxfam GB where she led the Ending Violence Against Women in Malawi Campaign, as part of the Enough Campaign.

Global and regional staff

Victoria Harnett, based in Canada, for her contribution to the Even It Up campaign and its focus on women & girls. She is now leading the project team on Fiscal Justice for Women & Girls, launched on 11th June 2018.

Corrie Sissons, based in UK, for her support to country teams as a Humanitarian Support Personnel in Oxfam’s Global Humanitarian Team, especially her role in empowering vulnerable women and improving access to livelihoods in Iraq, where she left a great impact on the female staff and beneficiaries alike.

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