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2018 WEE Leadership Awards Nominations

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. 

We received nominations for 26 inspiring individuals from across 16 countries. Nominations include 15…


Added by on June 14, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Facilitating Rural Women's Participation and Recognition in Sustainable Livelihoods in Post-War Sri Lanka

I am pleased to share final report based on a joint research carried out by Oxfam Australia, Oxfam Sri Lanka and Monash University - as part of the Oxfam-Monash Partnership, on the participation of rural women in agriculture across three districts of Sri Lanka.

The study found that even though women contributed significantly to the agriculture sector - in terms of both paid and unpaid work, they were not equal recipients of resources or services, their…


Added by Dr. Saba Mebrahtu Habte on June 14, 2018 at 5:08 — No Comments

Oxfam at the 2018 International Social and Behaviour Change Communication Summit

Image of Oxfam delegates:  Front row (left to right): Gopika Bashi, India; Faqih Aulia, Indonesia; Bethel Terefe, Ethiopia; Claudia Canepa, UK; Julie Diallo, UK; Middle row (left to right): Kristine Valerio,…


Added by Rose Smith on May 24, 2018 at 10:35 — No Comments

Care work matters – public services and infrastructure can make a difference

Thalia Kidder and Claudia Canepa explain why unpaid care work matters in tackling poverty and gender inequality, and discuss what can be done to recognise, reduce and redistribute the work load.

Sustainable Development Goal…


Added by on May 10, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

Deconstructing gender identities and power structures

Can working within existing structures lead to breakthroughs in gender equality? Daniel Morchain reflects on the contrast between points of view at the UN Commission on the Status of Women meetings last month.

The 62nd session of the …


Added by Daniel Morchain on April 23, 2018 at 9:21 — No Comments

Gender, Enterprise & Markets (GEM) and women small-holder farmers in rural Tajikistan

Building a foundation for a new generation of women small-holder farmers in rural Tajikistan

With this aim, Oxfam’s Gender, Enterprise & Markets (GEM) project supported women farmers to take initiatives to expand their knowledge, empowered roles in decision making and activities…


Added by Rose Smith on April 9, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

A Caring Economy: What role for government?

In economics we are taught that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Even if something appears to be free, there are always costs – to you and/or society. What is…


Added by Anam Parvez Butt on March 19, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Four ways to make trade work for gender equality

How can trade work for, not against, gender equality? Marion Sharples shares the key messages from a recent webinar hosted by Oxfam and the Gender and Development Network.

Women’s economic empowerment is flavour of the month in policy circles, and international…


Added by Marion Sharples on March 5, 2018 at 9:58 — No Comments

What you might have missed in 2017

The Women's Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Community has continued to flourish this year!

We welcomed over 200 new members, and along with the WEE Leadership Awards, the WEE Global Learning Forum in Bangkok and…


Added by on January 11, 2018 at 16:11 — No Comments

Introducing 'Unpaid Care: Why and How to Invest'

A new policy briefing entitled, Unpaid Care: Why and How to Invest is now available on…

Added by Man-Kwun Chan on January 9, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Why care? Unpaid Care Work and links to women's economic empowerment.

ActionAid’s POWER project now has two policy briefs on the: ‘Incorporation of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Unpaid Care Work into regional policies’.  One version is focused on South Asia and the other on…


Added by Jane Lennon on January 9, 2018 at 15:58 — No Comments

Critical junctures and the redistribution of care work

Women’s heavy and unequal contributions to care work are a challenge to their participation in social, economic and political life and overall wellbeing. How can project interventions change this? Senior researcher Martin Walsh reflects on the findings of two in-depth…


Added by Rose Smith on January 9, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Findings from a meta analysis of women's empowerment projects


What overall impact are Oxfam’s women’s empowerment projects having? Simone Lombardini and Kristen McCollum attempted to answer this question by conducting a meta-analysis of our effectiveness review evaluations. Here Simone shares the key findings.

After over six years…


Added by on December 21, 2017 at 10:28 — No Comments

Time to act for Women’s Economic Empowerment

The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment has yet to celebrate its second birthday yet it has already made significant strides towards its goal of building a global movement for women’s economic…

Added by Tamsin Smith on December 13, 2017 at 11:33 — No Comments

The gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives: Findings from a survey of 16 projects

An earlier Practitioner Hub blog outlined a tool that can be used by…


Added by Tamsin Smith on November 7, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Women’s work? Challenging gender roles in the Philippines

Shienna Cabus and her 4 year old daughter travel to a local water source to collect spring water for the family in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, Philippines.Credit: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville/Oxfam

‘We forget our tiredness when the kiss is there.’ Nikki van der Gaag reports from the Philippines on a partnership that is changing ideas about men’s and women’s roles in the home.

There is a bright red advertisement on the road from Tacloban airport to the town. It has a photograph of a woman with pale skin and red lipstick and it reads: ‘Give a woman the right colour lipstick and she can conquer the world.’

As in most countries,…


Added by Tamsin Smith on November 2, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Diagnostic tool on social norms tested in Bangladesh

Caption: In this photo, Pushpita Saha is using the picture of a women to ask participants general questions around what makes a good woman (differentiated by age/marital status). A similar exercise is also done to explore what makes a good man. Asking respondents what the…


Added by on October 25, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Integrating behavioural change to accelerate women's economic empowerment

For development interventions to be successful we rely on people to behave and choose in certain ways. For example, for new advanced agricultural practices to provide benefits, farmers must adopt and use them.…


Added by Resy Vermeltfoort on October 6, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

5 ways to promote women’s economic empowerment in small rural enterprises

Investing in rural SMEs that promote women’s empowerment

Investing in small rural enterprises in developing countries is extremely challenging.  A commitment to women’s empowerment may add to this complexity as investment candidates need…


Added by Fabian Llinares on September 26, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Empower a woman and a whole cocoa community will thrive

Women’s group leader and cocoa farmer Gladys from Ghana

Do you know where chocolate comes from? Do you wonder who produced the cocoa in your chocolate and under what circumstances? Do you care if the chocolate you buy is sourced in a responsible way, with equal access and opportunity for women?

Without cocoa there is no chocolate, and without the next generation of cocoa farmers there is no cocoa. To create a sustainable supply chain, we need to transform the lives and livelihoods of cocoa growing…


Added by on September 19, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

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