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.
- UN Post-2015 planning meetings in New York (21-24 April 2015). Winnie spoke on a panel “Post 2015 Informal: Means of Implementation and Global Partnership” hosted by the Government of the Netherlands.
- Annual Meeting of the World Bank/IMF in Washington, DC (17-19 April 2015):
- Winnie delivered Oxfam's recommendations at a high-level Roundtable on Ebola with IMF's Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Bank’s President Jim Kim, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, the presidents of the three Ebola-affected countries, and finance ministers. Oxfam’s report "Never Again: Building Resilient Health Systems and Learning from the Ebola Crisis” was presented to the audience.
- Winnie spoke on a panel on “Land Governance and Climate-Smart Agriculture" referring to Oxfam's "Secure and Equitable Land Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda" paper from Jan 2015 (17 April 2015).
- Winnie, as a member of the World Bank's Gender in Development Advisory Group, participated in planning meetings in Washington DC (19 April 2015).
- Event organized by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) (13 April 2015). Winnie spoke about fighting inequality by using global corporate tax reform.
- World Social Forum in Tunisia (March 2015). Winnie added Oxfam's signature to a joint statement by leading INGOs “Securing a Just and Sustainable World means challenging the 1%”.
- 38th Annual Governing Council meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (17 February 2015). Winnie addressed on the importance of smallholder farms to help eradicate global hunger.
- 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.
- 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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