Why pleasure and sex matter in ending violence against women

As we mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Oxfam’s Women’s Rights Director, Laurie Adams, explains why any effort to end violence and tackle gender inequality must involve addressing social norms, including around pleasure and sex. As the UN General Assembly met in New York in September, ratifying the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I was in South Africa …

Delicious, disgusting, dangerous: how global eating habits are changing

There’s a food revolution going on all over the world and the young are at the forefront of it; but how much are they the leaders? And how much are they the ones being led? John Magrath, Programme Researcher, introduces new research from Oxfam and the Institute of Development Studies, looking at how diets around the world are changing. The …

Tackling violence against women: from Iraq to Tajikistan

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence enters its 25th year today. Oxfam’s Regional Gender Advisor for Oxfam in the Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS), Nina Gora, comments on the challenges women in the Middle East are facing in the wake of crises and political upheavals. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Campaign is as …

Gender and Development talks resilience

How are men and women affected differently by shocks and stresses, and how can a women’s rights approach be applied? Caroline Sweetman, Editor of the Gender & Development journal, introduces the resilience issue. ‘Keep calm and carry on’, a motto from the days of the Blitz in World War II, is currently having a revival, emblazoned across mugs and tea-towels. …

Measuring poverty in the UK and why it matters

Graham Whitham, Oxfam’s Senior Policy Advisor on UK Poverty and Inequality explains why poverty in developed nations cannot be separated from a relative lack of material resources. Income and material deprivation based targets could be removed from measures of child poverty under the welfare reform bill currently progressing through parliament. To do so could limit the ability to assess policies …

Grand designs for low-cost latrines

A project in Northern Kenya using a build your own bog approach, otherwise known as Community-Led Total Sanitation, has led to some unusual and encouraging results. Oxfam’s Public Health Promoter Audrey Andwati and SWIFT’s Learning and Communications Support Officer Emma Feeny explain. It may not be a multi-bedroom mansion or cunning warehouse conversion, but Moru Echom is justifiably proud of …

From faeces to fuel: innovation in sanitation

2.5 billion people around the world do not have access to decent sanitation. On World Toilet Day our WASH Coordinator, Brian McSorley, describes some of the innovative ways in which Oxfam is working with others to tackle this problem, providing toilets in slums and refugee camps, and even turning human waste into cooking fuel. Sanitation and sustainable energy are arguably …

Taking Oxfam’s evaluations to another level

The best evaluations of development programmes combine qualitative and quantitative data. But working out how to use the data harmoniously and adapt research to fit the latest findings is not straightforward. Here Simone Lombardini, Global Impact Evaluation Adviser, explains how Oxfam went about measuring impact on women’s empowerment in Pakistan recently. Last week I had the pleasure to present the …

Farming and food security: sharing learning from Colombia to Georgia

Sharing experiences with other country programmes can lead to strategic insights. Nino Edilashvili, Oxfam’s Food Security Programme Officer in Georgia, recently attended a conference in Colombia to learn about how large scale agriculture impacts on the livelihoods and food security of local communities there. Subsequently Colombian farmers attended an experience sharing event in Georgia. Here Nino reflects on some of …