Things to read or listen to on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2020
Some recent-ish FP2P/Oxfam Posts and Podcasts: A recent Oxfam panel on Feminist leadership in the hardest places to be a woman, with Annie Kelly, Fenella Porter, Hala Al-Karib, Rasha Obaid, Preet Kaur Gill and Riya William Yuyada Can we Get Davos talking about the Care Economy and Feminist Economics? Caroline Sweetman on What’s special about feminist research? Njoki Njehu on inequality and African Feminism. Podcast +

From sexual harassment to everyday sexism  – a feminist in Oxfam reflects on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2018
This guest post is by Nikki van der Gaag, Oxfam’s Director of Gender Justice and Women’s Rights This International Women’s Day feels different to any other for many working in the aid and humanitarian sector. Normally, it is a day where, like so many others, we celebrate women’s individual and collective achievements. But the reports of the appalling sexual exploitation

The Economist profiles Gender Budgeting ahead of International Women’s Day

March 3, 2017
There appears to be some kind of feminist cell operating at the Economist. Without ever mentioning International Women’s Day (next Wednesday), they slipped in a wonderful tribute to Diana Elson and her work on gender budgeting, with the header ‘TAX is a feminist issue’. Here it is, (I’ve added a few links). Hope I haven’t blown their cover. Why national

Time Poverty and The World’s Childcare Crisis – good new report for International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016
My colleague Thalia Kidder is a feminist economist who’s been working for years to try and get the ‘care economy’ onto the development agenda. It’s been frustrating at times, but she should be celebrating right now: Oxfam’s bought in with projects that include developing a ‘rapid care analysis’ assessment tool; Melinda Gates decided to highlight Time Poverty in the Gates’

The global women’s rights movement: what others can learn, a progress stocktake and some great videos for IWD

March 6, 2015
It’s International Women’s Day on Sunday, which is swiftly followed by celebrations around the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Beijing conference (I still remember the buzz from women returning from that) and the start of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN – an annual spotlight on progress (or otherwise) on women’s rights. Gender is a

‘Hope’: a new fund to promote women’s rights in the Arab Spring countries (and happy International Women’s Day)

March 8, 2014
This International Women’s Day post comes from Serena Tramonti (right), with contributions from Rania Tarazi (left), both of Oxfam’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team Three years ago, weeks before the centenary of International Women’s Day,  I remember sitting in my living room in Manchester, watching on TV with hope and astonishment the brave women and men who were taking

Are global gender norms shifting? Fascinating new research from World Bank

March 8, 2013
I’ve been thinking a bit about norms recently – how do the unwritten rules that guide so much of our behaviour and understanding of what is acceptable/right/normal etc evolve over time? Because they undoubtedly do – look at attitudes to slavery, women’s votes, racial equality or more recently child rights. So in advance of International Women’s Day, I ploughed my

International Women's Day – what to celebrate, what to condemn?

March 8, 2012

The World Bank gender team responds; lessons from successful women's rights coalitions; male attitudes to violence against women: some reading for International Women's Day

March 8, 2011