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Demba Seydi, West Africa coordinator for Publish What You Pay. Crédit photo : Demba Seydi/ Oxfam
One third of the world's mineral reserves are in Africa and their extraction is the main source of revenues for most African countries. However, the people of the continent are still struggling to reap the benefits. For girls and women, the situation is even more worrying. Extractive sector...
Grâce Ngbaleo, human rights defender and women's rights activist. Credit: Monges Samba/ Oxfam
Committed by the well-being of Central African women and their role and involvement in the peace process, I joined my peers in the fight to achieve this goal. As a victim of the conflicts, Central African women are often left out of the peace building discussions. As editor-in-chief of Radio Notre...
Credit : Samuel Turpin/ Oxfam
After nine years of military operations in Mali, both France and the European Union have announced the withdrawal of their troops from the country. This decision is a clear sign of the inadequacy of the military approach to address the root causes of the crisis affecting the people in the Sahel:...
Yvette cooking in the commune of Tori in the south of Benin. Credit: Alokpa Kodjovi / Oxfam
It is another 8th of March, a moment to celebrate women’s achievements and a time to raise awareness against structural violence and take action for equality. By structural violence we mean systemic discrimination preventing women from meeting their basic needs such as: access to health care,...
Adam Dicko, activist, executive director of AJCAD-Mali and Sahel superhero. Credit: Sylvain Cherkaoui/ Oxfam
Adam Dicko has been a committed community activist from a very young age and is now the president of the Association des Jeunes pour la Citoyenneté Active et la Démocratie (AJCAD), which promotes democracy and active citizenship of young people in her country, Mali. Over the years, she has been...
Plagued by poverty in the Amma IDP site, Achta holds up the ingredients she is cooking for her five children. Photo credit : Mahamat Ibrahim Saleh/ Oxfam
In July 2021, we raised the alarm about the staggering 67% surge in hunger, continuing to be one of the fastest growing hunger crises in the world. Almost 6 months later, 23.7 million people are still in need of immediate assistance in the Sahel and West Africa. If nothing is done, this number...
Fati Abigail Abdulai is the executive director of the Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM) in Ghana
The Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM) was founded in Bolgatanga, the Upper East region of Ghana in 1993 by Betty Ayagiba who became widowed in 1988. She desired to create a safe space for widows to feel heard and understood. A step that was necessary after Betty who was a nurse observed that widows...
As the 16 days of activism campaign marks this year its 30th anniversary, it remains fundamental to raise awareness about gender-based violence (GBV).
As the 16 days of activism campaign marks this year its 30th anniversary, it remains fundamental to raise awareness about gender-based violence (GBV), challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for improved laws and services to end violence against women for good. It is a time to reflect on the...
Odigie Akhator Joel, an activist and trade unionist, working at the African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa)
In West Africa, while the number of Covid-19 infections have been lower than elsewhere, the immediate economic impact of the pandemic was staggering. In 2020 alone, the working hours lost corresponded to seven million jobs, mainly affecting women and people in vulnerable employment. Odigie Akhator...
Rural Women's Day celebration in Ghana. Credit : Naana Nkansah Agyekum/ Oxfam
I have always admired the energy and strength our rural women exhibit on the farm and at home as they go about their daily activities. These rural women are increasingly becoming the backbone of our agriculture sector, in spite of the numerous barriers they face in accessing arable lands, soft...
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