I find myself becoming more and more passionate about the importance of Women’s Rights – not just in my life but in our work as Oxfam – every day I read stories about the triumph of women in challenging situations - Afghanistan springs to mind at the moment – women leaders forging ahead but also stories of unbearable cruelty, dishonesty and danger.
How can we not fight for women’s rights? for equality? for freedom from burden? As I grow older (and possibly more experienced) the abuse of power which society inflicts on women at all levels becomes more and more obvious – the media in the west often make it worse. – its time for me to challenge…
But what I also realise is that I should take some responsibility to make change happen – and so should you!
On Monday Oxfam is launching its second gender leadership programme – it is an exciting opportunity for staff to develop their leaderships skills and be able to programme better from a women’s rights perspective. More details can be found on the Oxfam intranet.
The GLP 1 participants are an inspiring bunch – they are constantly learning and sharing and role modelling – their self-awareness and openness to challenge is amazing. Working with all of them has the potential to be life changing. They are taking responsibility.
I thought that the development and implementation was my contribution to women’s rights – but now I see I have learned as much as I have contributed and those in the group above will more than take responsibility for putting women’s rights at the heart of all Oxfam does…
Oxfam GB staff in Asia if you want to know how to apply watch for an email on Monday or visit the intranet