Ethiopia’s Female Food Heroes – the ‘real heroes of the nation’

January 9th, 2015 by Marc Wegerif Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Winners of Ethiopia's Female Food Heroes competition with Hamelmal, legendary singer and Female Food Hero Ambassador. Hamelmal says: "The women we celebrate today are the real heroes of the nation and I am delighted to be working with them”

I was privileged, one morning not so long ago, to meet eight great women, each from a different region of Ethiopia. Given their different languages and dialects it was necessary for each to have an interpreter and still not one of the interpreters spoke English, communication was not going to be easy for me, but that was hardly the priority. By the end of the two weeks together the women had learnt to work together. Across their different languages, religions and cultures they had one thing in common; they were all Female Food Heroes, selected because they have excelled in agricultural production. Despite facing the many challenges that women food producers encounter these women are all role models working to produce the food that feeds their communities and nation.

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“For me and my family, life has changed”, says Zahra

December 17th, 2014 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Drought, Health, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

Zahra Abdi – a mother of five children has been living in Horseed IDP settlement of Hodan district in Mogadishu for last three years.

“In the beginning here in Horseed IDP camp of Hodan district in Mogadishu, I remember facing a number of challenges.  First there was lack of water and in addition, there was no water source near the camp.  Every morning I would trek a distance of about 1 kilometre to buy water at the cost of 1,000 Somali Shilling (0.05 USD) per 20 litre jerry-can and  I could only afford to buy one or two jerry-cans of water per day, an amount which was far below my household water requirements” describes Zahra.

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On my 4 years of Somalia…

December 16th, 2014 by Geno Teofilo Posted in Aid, Conflict, Drought, Food security, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia | No Comments »

Before departing, an Oxfam media staffer reflects on his Somalia experiences

Preventing Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Conflict: Are the existing frameworks adequate?

December 10th, 2014 by Moreen Majiwa Posted in Burundi, Conflict, DR Congo, Gender, Governance, Kenya, Pan Africa, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Women's rights | No Comments »

South Kivu, DRC: Farming is this young mother’s primary source of income. But because of the threat of sexual violence, working in the fields has become so dangerous for women in this area that community members only travel to farms in groups, and only go occasionally. Photo: Aimee Brown/Oxfam

Though women and men are both victims and perpetrators of armed conflict, conflict has strong gendered overtones and affects women and men differently. The violence directed at women – and to a lesser but increasing extent men – during periods of armed conflict is brutal and often takes the form of sexual violence, including, rape, mutilation of sexual organs, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy. While there has been significant global attention at policy levels to prevent and respond to sexual and gender based violence during conflict, paradoxically, practice reveals that women and girls continue to be subject to such violence by both military and civilians in many cases sexual and gender based violence is seen as an inevitable fact of war.

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Press Release: A Call to Action against Rising Cases of Gender Based Violence in Kenya

December 9th, 2014 by Elizabeth Mueni Posted in Gender, Governance, Kenya, Press release, Women's rights | No Comments »

Oxfam adds its voice to the campaign on violence against women

November 2014 saw violence against women rise to an alarming level with at least five reported cases across the country. These five women have been stripped off naked and also stripped off their dignity by men who claim the women ‘are tempting them’ with indecent dressing. These actions are barbaric and should continually be condemned and severely punished. The more the perpetrators are allowed to get away without punishment, the more the incidences will occur.

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Fartuun Adan of Oxfam partner Elman Peace & Human Rights Centre wins award

December 2nd, 2014 by Geno Teofilo Posted in Conflict, Gender, Somalia, Women's rights | No Comments »

Award to be presented on 4 December in Berlin by Germany’s Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid

Fartuun Adan of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre

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Somalia: End the cycle of drought through agricultural development

October 16th, 2014 by Nimo Jirdeh Posted in Agriculture, Food security, Somalia, Uncategorized | No Comments »

In Somalia, for generations the agricultural sector has played a significant role in the national economy, it remains second to the livestock sector in terms of GDP.

On 15th October, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Federal Government of Somalia in close collaboration with Oxfam marked “Somali Farmers’ Day” in order to recognise the importance that farmers occupy in rebuilding Somalia as the country emerges from 24 years of civil strife.

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In South Sudan camps, Oxfam is helping families tackle hunger: World Food Day Blog

October 16th, 2014 by Stella Madete Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

For people living inside UN House in Juba, going out of the camp to collect firewood can be life-threatening

Inside UN House, thin bellows of smoke can be seen from different locations around the camp, meaning that somewhere, someone is about to enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee or tea, or dig into a home cooked meal.

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Ten drivers of inequality in Africa

October 16th, 2014 by Aimee Brown Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

85 people hold as much as half the world's wealth, while millions live as refugees across this continent with nothing to their names

By Alex Prats, HECA Deputy Regional Director

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Looking back at the Hargeisa International Book Fair

October 7th, 2014 by Geno Teofilo Posted in Education, Somalia, Uncategorized | No Comments »

by Josephine Wambui, Oxfam

Jama Muse, Director of Redsea Foundation & famous Somali poet Hadrawi

The Hargeisa International Book Fair is an annual event organized and supported by the Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF). This is the seventh year of the book fair, and I FINALLY got to attend, even if it was just for a day. Turns out, I chose the best day as it coincided with the launch of the Hargeisa Cultural Centre. It’s important to note here, that as Oxfam we have been supporting the book fair for the last 5 years, and it has been a pleasure seeing it grow both in terms of numbers and ideas.

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