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Trends on WEE: addressing systemic barriers, the new world of work and evidence of impact

The recent WEE Global Learning Forum was a unique opportunity to explore the trends on WEE and to learn from innovative initiatives implemented by development actors. This article gives some insights on our take-aways from the event!

Systemic barriers, including social norms freezing the expected roles of women and men, were high on the agenda and there appeared to be consensus amongst…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 14, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Women’s Economic Agency and Share Outs: Lessons from the Financial Diaries with Savings for Change Groups in El Salvador and Guatemala

Saving groups are intended to increase women’s resilience and financial assets, among other goals. A recent research looking at financial diaries uncovers surprising use of share-outs and opportunities for greater financial inclusion in Guatemala and El Salvador.

In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and Oxfam America, Microfinance Opportunities implemented a year-long Financial…

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Added by Guy Stuart on June 6, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Shifting social norms at scale: Insights from the Practitioners' Learning Group

Facilitated by Oxfam and the SEEP Network, the Practitioners' Learning Group (PLG) on Shifting Social Norms in the Economy at Scale aims to better understand how to address social norms in the economy and create change at scale.

During the recent WEE Global Learning Forum, initial insights were shared with a wide audience during a particularly well attended session articulated around the following…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 2, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

How do we measure women’s empowerment?

Empowering women and supporting gender equality is the stated aim of many development projects. Often these projects are asked to monitor and evaluate the extent to which their work is contributing to achieving greater empowerment, but there is little guidance on how to do it. In this blog Simone Lombardini presents a new guide to measuring women’s empowerment in Oxfam projects, developed through five years of impact evaluations.

Since 2011,…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on June 1, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Addressing non-market constraints for sustained WEE - A theory of change

In her opening keynote to the WEE Global Learning Forum, Prof. Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics, presented a theory of change for sustainable women’s economic empowerment.

In this short interview, Prof. Naila Kabeer explains how this theory of change should address structural barriers, and provides some insights on how to translate this into a programmatic approach.…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on May 24, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

What is the role for the private sector in achieving systemic changes for WEE

Businesses are a key part of the equation for achieving WEE across the value chain. Ulrike Joras highlights some steps that the private sector is taking towards that aim and spells out the questions around their potential contribution to systemic changes.

Close to 1500 business leaders have joined the Women’s Empowerment Principles…

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Added by Ulrike Joras on May 18, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Tackling the ‘last mile’ energy access challenge through women’s economic empowerment

Access to energy is critical for women’s economic empowerment: not only can it free up time for other economic activities, but it also offers opportunities to engage into new roles and gain control over economic decisions. Alessandra Moscadelli, from Energy 4 Impact, highlights some of the strategies to scale-up rural supply chains for last mile markets.

Women’s…

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Added by Alessandra Moscadelli on May 11, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Women's rights movements must make way for older women

The 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March was vibrant with the sound of female voices from many continents. It showed the strength of the determination to make progress on women claiming their rights, especially in the context of the world's current uncertainty.

As thousands of civil society groups gathered in New York alongside government representatives, parliamentarians, academics and others, the message from the…

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Added by Kate Horstead on April 19, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Understanding Oxfam’s WEE in Value Chains Programming

Oxfam implements programmes to improve women’s economic empowerment (WEE) within value chains in more than 40 countries. This article highlights distinctive characteristics of Oxfam’s programmatic approach to tackle the broad spectrum of barriers to WEE.

Covering around 30 projects, the review provides great insights in the kinds of approaches Oxfam is taking within its programmes to improve women’s livelihoods, wellbeing and realise their…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on April 11, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Interview with winners of the WEE Leadership Awards

On 8th March, Winnie Byanyima announced the winners of the WEE Leadership Awards, an event organised by Oxfam’s Knowledge Hub on Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) in Agriculture to recognise staff members from across Oxfam and partner and community organisations who have shown exceptional championship of WEE.

Aida Zubčević, M.B. Akhter and Eaetemad Rafallah Abdallah have kindly accepted to share with us what…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on March 28, 2017 at 9:23 — No Comments

Why business should care about unpaid care work and social norms

The issue of unpaid care work, a subject close to my heart as a working mother of two young children, was the subject of a thought provoking panel discussion on why it matters to business at a co-hosted event in London by Unilever and Oxfam last week (see video of the event here). What struck me as I reflected on the issues raised during the event was the clear ethical and…

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Added by claudia codsi on March 21, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Why men matter in closing the caregiving divide

The involvement of men and boys is a prerequisite for shifting social norms around unpaid care work. Jane Kato-Wallace, Senior Program Officer at Promundo-US, highlights the implications for organizations addressing the caregiving divide.

The unpaid care work divide represents an enduring aspect of gender inequality where men are expected to be the breadwinners while women are responsible for care and domestic work. One of the reasons is because…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on March 21, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Gender Justice Online: Changing Ourselves, Our Organisations and Our World

Oxfam has teamed up with Disaster Ready to provide a new online course on how Gender Justice impacts humanitarian and development work. Jemma Stringer introduces why a course such as this is so important in today’s climate.

Wherever I go and whoever I meet, explaining what I do for…

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Added by Jemma Stringer on March 8, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Les lauréats du prix 2017 du leadership en matière d'autonomisation économique des femmes

In English / En español

Aujourd'hui, Winnie Byanyima, directrice générale d'Oxfam International, a annoncé les noms des cinq lauréat·e·s du prix 2017 du leadership en matière d'autonomisation économique des femmes d'Oxfam, organisé par le centre de…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on March 8, 2017 at 1:00 — No Comments

Winners of the WEE Leadership Awards 2017 Announced!

En français / En español

Today, Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director, has announced the five winners of the WEE Leadership Awards 2017 organised by Oxfam’s Knowledge Hub on Women’s…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on March 8, 2017 at 1:00 — No Comments

Ganadoras-es de los premios de 2017 de liderazgo en el ámbito del empoderamiento económico de las mujeres

En français / In English

Winnie Byanyima, directora ejecutiva de Oxfam Internacional, ha anunciado hoy a las-os cinco ganadoras-es de los premios de 2017 de liderazgo en el ámbito del empoderamiento económico de las mujeres que otorga el Centro de…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on March 8, 2017 at 1:00 — No Comments

Three ways to change the economy to make it work for women

Women's economic empowerment is an issue that is gaining an increased amount of attention, yet it still seems to be an increasingly distant goal. Here Francesca Rhodes looks at three key changes needed to address a broken system.

Around the world, women are disadvantaged compared to men across virtually every economic measure and are more likely to live in poverty. On average they are less likely to be in paid work, and when they are, earn less…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on March 2, 2017 at 12:05 — No Comments

Oxfam’s engagement at the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the global policy making body concerning women’s rights and gender equality issues. Francesca Rhodes and Vincent Trousseau explore how and why it represents a unique opportunity to influence governments to take bold action.

What the Commission is   and what it means to Oxfam

Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) is an integral part of…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on February 27, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

From outcast to entrepreneur

Born into a Dalit family, Uma Koli's life in the past was full of hardship. The mother of four received no respect in the community and was socially discriminated as ‘untouchable’. In addition, she faced economic problems, since she had no source of income.

The 50 year old woman farmer from Manilek in Dadeldhura district, owns a small plot of land. “I used to produce vegetables and crops in a traditional way and it was hardly sufficient to…

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Added by Swikriti Sharma on February 6, 2017 at 5:30 — No Comments

2 new entreprises join the Enterprise Development Programme

Oxfam's Entreprise Development Programme (EDP) supports early-stage agricultural enterprises through a social impact-only vehicle that provides loan finance, business grants (e.g. for capital equipment) and business development support.

On 6th December, during the last EDP Investment Committee meeting, the partners approved circa. GBP 180,000 investments in 2 enterprises: Chetona Fish Hatchery, in Kurigram, Bangladesh and Apicultura Lilian honey…

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Added by Vincent Trousseau on January 30, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

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