Oxfam uses a rights-based approach to development. The WEMAN program is part of Oxfam’s work for the right to the resources for a sustainable livelihood, and the right to an identity. The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) provides the overall framework for the program. The experiences, lessons and evidence feed into Oxfam’s economic justice campaigns.
Three strategies are applied that link to the acronym WEMAN:
WEMAN enables vulnerable women and men to identify their visions for the future, what obstacles stand in the way of achieving them, and how they can overcome those obstacles. By using the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) they come to see themselves not as victims of forces beyond their control but as the joint authors of their own destinies.
At organisational levels, gender and participatory principles and tools are integrated into projects, services or other operations to make their outreach more inclusive and effective. This includes influencing civil society organisations (CSOs), financial or non-financial service providers, local authorities and businesses that are involved in value chain development, financial services and local economic development.
All actors involved in WEMAN participate in a forum to document and exchange experiences, learn from each other to strengthen activities and come together for regional and global advocacy. This aims to create evidence of effectiveness of community-led approaches in economic development, and influence policy, programme design and implementation.
Learn more about the practice of the Gender Action Learing System in our photo stories booklet on Uganda: Imagining The Future.
|Source||Oxfam Novib, february 13, 2014|
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