Tackling sexual violence: shaping the UK Government’s initiative

Last Sunday marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Why is this day important? Well, it serves as a reminder that violence against women happens across the world every single day. Not only is it a violation of human rights, it also continues to trap women in poverty. It must be stopped. In fact one in three …

A new era begins when work doesn’t end poverty anymore

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation figures released this week, updating the state of play in poverty and social exclusion in the UK, ring all too true with the experience of people Oxfam works with every day. They tell us of a labour market that is not meeting the needs of many people, nor the needs of our vulnerable communities. Oxfam’s Humankind …

The ‘We Can’ movement – a step towards the elimination of violence against women

Our guest blogger Dr Prasanna Poornachandra asks when will we see the elimination of violence against women and argues that the ‘We Can’ campaign’s success at creating collective social transformation could be a crucial step towards that goal.  It is twelve years since the UN resolution that designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against …

To ensure women’s rights move forward, we need to repoliticise – outcomes from the Beyond Gender Mainstreaming Learning Project

Last year, Gender & Development set out to discover where Gender Mainstreaming is 15 years on from when the approach was first agreed. The Learning Project brought together activists and development professionals in online debates, face-to-face encounters and a special issue of the journal which is out today. Journal editor Caroline Sweetman explains more. Gender & Development‘s Special Issue on Beyond Gender …

Smallholders must be part of the solution to the food crisis

A food production crisis is facing the planet, but smallholder farmers could offer a significant part of the solution, says Colin McQuistan.  “One of the most fateful errors of our age is the belief that ‘the problem of production’ has been solved.” E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered The global food system is close to breaking …

Marching towards hope… a historic land march in India

In India a coalition called Ekta Parishad recently embarked on a month long march calling for land rights for the poorest people in India. The good news is they’re winning. Oxfam’s land grabs campaign is asking the World Bank to freeze their investments in large land deals while they find a fairer way to handle land deals that works for the …