Winnie Byanyima is Executive Director of Oxfam International. She is a leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building. She served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament, and has served at the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program. She co-founded the 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance and chaired a UN task force on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals, and on climate change.
- Winnie Byanyima co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland (21-24 January 2015). Watch Winnie Byanyima discussing #inequality in the BBC World Debate: A Richer World, but for Whom?
- Rising Inequality in the Global South: Practice and Solutions (19 January, 2015). Oxfam and the University of Oxford held a Symposium examining the causes and consequences of uneven economic growth and rising inequality in the global South.
- The UNFCCC COP20 in Lima, Peru (6-7 December 2014). Winnie Byanyima spoke to the need for clear commitments of climate finance, to help people in adapt and help countries to pursue cleaner paths to growth and development.
- The International Monetary Fund and the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Chile, high-level conference in Santiago, Chile (5-6 December 2014). The gathering discussed economic issues impacting the region; Winnie Byanyima addressed solutions to inequality in the region.
- The Institute of International and European Affairs (27 November 2014). This was the sixth event in the 2014 Development Matters series, which the IIEA is co-hosting with Irish Aid. Winnie Byanyima discussed the close relationship between extreme poverty and economic inequality, and explored solutions to these challenges.
- G20 Leaders’ Summit (15-16 November 2014). As world leaders took stock of the health of the world’s financial system, Winnie Byanyima reminded them to consider the plight of the world’s poorest.
- Wealthiest 1% will soon own more than rest of us combined, Oxfam says
- On sustainable development: Davos can set the tone
- The the scale of global inequality is "simply staggering"
- Do we really want to live in a world where the 1 percent own more than the rest of us combined?
- Inequality and climate change: Defining challenges of 2015
- Africa: Rising inequality in the Global South - Practice and Solutions
- Climate change: An issue of justice and human rights
- Inclusive, Sustainable Growth Latin America: The Road Ahead
Born in Uganda, Ms. Byanyima was elected for three terms and served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament. She led Uganda's first parliamentary women’s caucus, championing ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the county's 1995 post-conflict constitution. A world recognized expert on women's rights, she founded the still-thriving civil society organization Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE). She has served at the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program.
Ms. Byanyima is a signatory to her country’s 1985 peace agreement and has helped to broker and support women’s participation in peace processes in Rwanda, South Africa, Burundi, Sudan and other countries emerging from conflict.
She co-founded a 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance of civil society, bilateral and multilateral organizations and chaired a UN-wide task force on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals, and on climate change. She has served on numerous global boards and commissions including the African Capacity Building Foundation and the International Centre for Research on Women.
She holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in Energy Conservation and the Environment (University of Cranfield), and a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Manchester).
She began a five-year term leading Oxfam International on May 1 2013.
“Oxfam is part of challenging and changing times. We must seize every opportunity to support poor people to claim their rights, and to finally escape poverty, hunger and injustice. I believe the world needs a strong civil society now more than ever before."
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