How cows are solving poverty

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In Panjar Bhanga village, near Rangpur in northern Bangladesh, women are kept at home by the traditions of their society. They are not recognised as wage earners, or people who can contribute to and manage their household income. For this particular community, milk was the answer. Read more »

Geneva II peace talks: where are the voices of Syrian women?

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There is something almost surreal about the setting for the Syrian peace talks taking place in Switzerland this week. Montreux is breathtakingly beautiful, the snow-topped Swiss Alps rising starkly over Lake Geneva. Yet this is where world leaders are to decide the fate of Syria and to try and end the brutal war which has […] Read more »

Syria peace talks begin at last, but Syrian civil society and women sidelined

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After months of postponements, the long-awaited Geneva II Conference to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria began yesterday in Montreux, Swtizerland. At the end of the first day of the conference, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor Shaheen Chughtai gave a wrap up of progress so far.    It took a monumental diplomatic effort […] Read more »
Picture: Robin Narciso

Gender and hydropower at the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) forum

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Talking about gender is never easy and it’s even harder when you’re talking about it in relation to hydropower infrastructure. As it is, hydropower can be a sensitive topic; once you add the gender nexus you have an explosive mix. Read more »
Photo: Rodney Dekker/OxfamAUS

Women like Maleana need the support others have

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Women play a vital role in the global food system and produce a large proportion of the food we eat; yet they have little access to land and their farm work is often underpaid and undervalued. If women farmers had the same access to resources and decision making as men, their efforts would significantly reduce […] Read more »

The Impact of Mekong Dams on Women

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One of our areas of work in the Mekong Region is ‘Hydropower and Gender’. But what does the construction of dams have to do with gender relations? Good question. I asked myself the same thing when I started my experience with Oxfam. Not because I didn’t appreciate working towards gender equality, but because I couldn’t […] Read more »

Ending hunger: the women of Lembata

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One in eight people go hungry every day. Unbelievably, 80% of those going hungry are food producers; small-scale farmers, fishermen and women, forest foragers and landless farm labourers. They produce food, yet many still go hungry. The road to Hoelea from Lewoleba on the island of Lembata is the worst I’ve ever seen. It takes […] Read more »

‘Mining has a masculine face’ – the impact of mining on women

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By Christina Hill, Mining Advocacy Coordinator Oxfam’s work shows that the impacts of mining are not gender neutral. Women often experience the negative impacts of mining more than men, and rarely receive the benefits that men do. What do these gendered impacts look like in Indonesia? Do small ‘cowboy’ mining companies – which are dominant […] Read more »

The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 8

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now What are you actually going to do? By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia The road to Hoelea from Lewoleba is the worst I’ve ever been on. It takes around 10 […] Read more »

The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 7

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now Locals could almost run faster to market By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia Lewoleba — one of the main villages on Lembata Island — is a long way east of […] Read more »