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...
Maiga Abdoulaye Belko, facilitator at the Association pour la Gestion de l'Environnement et le Développement (AGED). Credit : Cissé Amadou/ Oxfam
Let's take a trip to Dori, in the northeast of Burkina Faso. Capital of the Sahel region, its population has exploded in recent years with the arrival of internally displaced people. In a never-ending atmosphere of civil insecurity, entire families have fled their homelands to seek refuge in Dori...
Photo taken at one of the on-the-ground activities before the November 2020 presidential election. Credit: Coalition Agir contre les inégalités
In Burkina Faso, NGOs and activists have been fighting behind the scenes for years to reduce the glaring inequalities in the country, where 20% of the wealthiest people concentrate 44% of the revenues. And at last, their work seems to be paying off. On May 27, the Permanent Secretary of NGOs (SPONG...
Visual of the campaign against inequality in Burkina Faso
The fight against inequalities is a priority in view of the presidential elections in Burkina Faso (November 22) and Niger (December 27), thanks to the mobilization of civil society.
Marina Moulou-Gnatho is a peace activist in CAR
Marina Moulou-Gnatho, a peace activist in CAR, speaks about the importance of laying down arms and including women in the peace process in CAR.
Syntyche talks with displaced women in Burkina Faso. Credit : Sylvain Cherkaoui / Oxfam
Syntyche Ouedraogo, is a member of Oxfam’s humanitarian communications team in Burkina Faso. She gives us her look as a humanitarian worker, in a country affected by a succession of crises. Today, the coronavirus pandemic is a new threat to face. And yet, no one is resigned.
Farmers are walking through a nursery in Nigeria to collect Moringa plants that will help fight the effects of climate change.
The current global crisis offers unprecedented opportunities to build more future-oriented, united, and ecological societies.
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