Feminist solutions to man-made economic inequality

Francesca Rhodes, Gender Policy Advisor, Man-Kwun Chan, Influencing Advisor, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care, and Anam Parvez Butt, Gender Justice Research Lead at Oxfam GB outline some of the key ways public spending and taxation could reduce gender inequality. In the words of feminist activist, Paula Varela: ‘Women… have the majority of the precarious jobs, and we perform the overwhelming …

Solar study lamps in Sierra Leone

Renewable Energy Policy Advisor, Kevin Johnstone, outlines some of the educational benefits of solar study lamp campaigns, and their potential to achieve much more. The cost of night studies Sometimes Bintu’s family couldn’t afford batteries for home lighting, and on those nights, she couldn’t complete her school work. Bintu’s mother explained that if “you don’t have batteries, your children will …

Nothing about us, without us: lessons from our work with young people

What has Oxfam learnt from four years of working with young people on their rights to healthcare, education and sexual and reproductive health (SRH)? Imogen Davies, My Rights, My Voice Programme and Communications Officer, identifies key learning points for development organisations seeking to work with young people. It is often said that young people are the future. But what does …

Lighting up learning – getting connected in Zimbabwe

Have you ever heard of a solar powered school? John Magrath, Programme Researcher, explains how the installation of solar panels has enabled remote schools in Zimbabwe to enter the internet age and to light up classrooms for study in the evenings. In a classroom in a remote rural area of Africa Sixth Form students are engaging in a history lesson, …

Back to school: Returning education to the development agenda

With millions of children around the world missing out on education, Sandra Dworack argues for a new approach to how education in development is financed, and calls on governments to make lasting commitments to education spending to ensure that policy is turned into practice.        What has the potential to lift over 170 million people out of poverty by …

Raising voices, demanding rights: Youth Day 2014

The late, great Nelson Mandela once said: “young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.” For International Youth Day, young campaigners involved in our My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) programme explain how they’ve been speaking out and making change happen.  In a world where half the population is under …

Why education has the power to change the world

In the second of three blog posts about our My Rights My Voice Programme (MRMV), programme coordinator Sitan Cisse shares her experience of growing up in Mali, and how it has motivated her to campaign with young people for the right to good education and sexual and reproductive health services. Nelson Mandela said: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use …

Lights, camera, action: raising youth voice through video

How can young people in developing countries take action over issues that affect them? Imogen Davies explains how our My Rights, My Voice programme is supporting under 25s to convey advocacy messages through film. People under 25 make up almost half of the world’s population. Almost 85% of these young women and men live in developing countries. Despite these staggering …