Women's Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Knowledge Hub

Women's Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Knowledge Hub

Winners of the 2018 Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Leadership Awards!

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Oxfam’s Knowledge Hub on Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agriculture is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Leadership Awards!

We received nominations for 26 inspiring individuals from across 16 countries (see all nominations).  

Award winners have impressed the selection committee by their variety of work in development, humanitarian response and campaigns which illustrates how to successfully work with others to implement sustained WEE.The committee used 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. 

The following four women, from both Oxfam and partner organisations, are being recognised for their exceptional championship of women’s economic empowerment, as well as a special award for the Women on Farms Project:

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

Jesula Blanc, Advocacy Manager for Groupe d’Appui Rapatriés Réfugiés in Haiti, for advocating for women’s rights for over 10 years, organising 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.

Yee Yee Thant, Programme Coordinator in Oxfam in Myanmar, for working to build the capacity of partners to integrate gender into the Land and Livelihoods in Kachin project funded by Oxfam Hong Kong. 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.  

Victoria Harnett, Public Campaigns Lead for Oxfam International 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.  


Special award for the Women on FarmProject- including Colette Solomon (Women on Farms Project Director), Maya Barley (seasonal farm worker) and Roseline Engelbrecht (programme coordinator) who are based in South Africa, and the many others who are part of this movement to promote the labour rights of women farm workers by strengthening their agency and collective action, and creating stronger linkages between farm workers and consumers.

 Monique van Zijl, one of the selection committee, said:

“Reading these nominations was a great reminder of the amazing work that change makers across the world are leading to promote women's economic rights in a holistic way. It is humbling and inspiring. It is a pleasure to be able to recognise the work of the winners of this year's WEE Leadership Awards!"

Selection committee

  • Rukia CorneliusGender Connector at Oxfam 
  • Rowan Harvey, Gender Equality Advisor, for Campaigns at Oxfam 
  • Susan Cohen JehoramChange Goal Lead for Economic Justice at Oxfam 
  • Gina Castillo, Senior Program Manager, Sustainable Agriculture at Oxfam 
  • Monique van Zijl, Specialist Policy Lead/ Behind the Barcode/Behind the Price - Oxfam International 
  • Claudia Canepa, Coordinator of the Knowledge Hub on Women's Economic Empowerment, Oxfam

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