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Women's health education in Bangladesh

UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW): Oxfam side events

The fifty-ninth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) runs from 9 to 20 March 2015. The CSW offers an important opportunity for Member States, International Institutions, and civil society to come together and call for urgent action to end gender inequality. This year marks a critical moment to assess global progress on women’s rights 20 years on from the agreement of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Ipiashe siphons water for irrigation, Gutu Province, Zimbabwe, September 2011. Photo: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Hungry for Commitment

Food security in southern Africa relies upon small-scale agriculture, a sector in which women take the lead. However, smallholder farmers are among the most vulnerable people to food insecurity, often lacking the resources and access needed to produce or procure adequate food.

Afghan Women. Photo: Lalage Snow/Oxfam

Female voices from Afghanistan

Thirteen years after the fall of the Taliban regime, there have been tangible gains for Afghan women. But many Afghan women remain highly vulnerable and more work is needed to protect them and their rights.

Large-scale partnerships with the private sector could undermine Africans’ land rights, drive inequality and damage the environment

After decades of underinvestment, governments in Africa are turning to partnerships with donor aid agencies and large companies or investors to develop the agriculture sector. But this so-called ‘mega’ public-private partnerships are unproven, risky and represent a dubious use of public funds to fight poverty and food insecurity. 

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