Oxfam’s engagement at the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the global policy making body concerning women’s rights and gender equality issues. Francesca Rhodes and Vincent Trousseau explore how and why it represents a unique opportunity to influence governments to take bold action. The Commission and what it means to Oxfam Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) is an integral part of Oxfam’s …

Why we can’t talk about one without the other: Sexual and reproductive rights and women’s economic empowerment

So far in our Her Series we’ve touched on various issues from the effects of unpaid care to gender equality and global institutions. Now, Preethi Sundaram from International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), shares with us her thoughts on the links between sexual and reproductive rights and women’s economic empowerment. he sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and …

Women’s economic empowerment: Balancing rights with responsibilities

How should we balance the rights and responsibilities for women’s economic empowerment? Elizabeth Fraser from the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women takes us through her views. It is a triumph of gender activism that women’s economic empowerment has won increasing recognition as an issue of human rights. As more and more women join the ranks of entrepreneurship, they are poised to …

Let’s take a bigger leap for women with disabilities and economic empowerment

In this latest addition to her our Her Series, we look at the barriers women with disabilities face. Hannah Loryman from CBM sheds light on just some of them.  he High-level panel’s aim to put Women’s Economic Empowerment at the top of the International Agenda is hugely positive. As the Secretary General put it, the Sustainable Development Goals will only …

Women’s economic empowerment and the HIV and AIDS response

We know that gender inequality fuels the HIV epidemic and that women’s economic empowerment is a powerful tool to change gender relations. Does that mean that women’s economic empowerment can reduce women’s vulnerability to HIV? Evidence reveals the relationship may be more complicated. In 2015, young women (15-24) made up 20% of all new HIV infections (despite representing just 11% …

An IMF that promotes gender equality? A long road lies ahead…

How can global institutions ensure tackling women’s economic empowerment is done in the most effective way? Sargon Nisson from the Bretton Woods Project, argues that the IMF could think differently. Gender is rising up the agenda of economic policy making. This year we have seen a step-change in how global economic institutions consider women’s economic empowerment. However the nature of …

Don’t be naïve, power is serious business

In this latest addition to our Her Series, Oxfam America’s Director of Policy & Research, Gawain Kripke, shares his views on why the development community must prioritize women’s economic empowerment. he development community should recognize that women’s economic empowerment is a threat to established power holders. Women’s economic empowerment is a growing subsector within the development field. There’s a lot …