Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima is the 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.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
How Can We Bridge the Widening Global Inequality Gap?
For the past five years, I have carried Oxfam's call to tackle global inequality to the rich and powerful people attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. I don't sing alone there any more. I'm worried my message is almost mainstream, that I sound like I'm part of the choir. I bet nearly every...
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The Makings of a More Human Economy
There's a point in every struggle when momentum shifts behind you. Optimism becomes ambition. I recall those moments in our resistance to overcome our dictator in Uganda . I felt a perseverant optimism, as a young refugee, that got me through customs at Heathrow Airport. In Beijing in 1995, I saw...
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Monday, June 19, 2017
The Climate Movement Charges On, Even Without the US
President Donald Trump has proved again how beholden our politics are to the interests of the super-rich elite. The conniving, rich oilmen that were so desperate to prevent and frustrate the Paris Agreement found cheerleaders in Mr Trump and his party. They choose to protect their profits from a...
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Friday, March 03, 2017
One Year On From Berta's Murder: We Honor Her. We Still Demand Justice
A brave woman was taken from us a year ago . Berta Cáceres was shot and killed in the middle of the night by assassins for opposing an illegitimate hydroelectric project which threatened her people’s way of life and violated international human rights law. Her family, her fellow Indigenous rights...
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
UN Refugees and Migrants Summit: All Talk, No Action
I cried my eyes out when I arrived in the UK, a refugee. I remember the policeman at immigration control looking down at me, a lost and distraught young African girl. He'd caught me with a forged $100 bill. I tried to explain, "I didn't know it was fake." The Idi Amin dictatorship in Uganda meant...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Jo Cox's Message to the World: We Have #MoreInCommon
The murder of British MP Jo Cox last week has jolted the world into looking at itself anew. Today, social movements will hold remembrance events to Jo in many cities across the world. Members of parliaments everywhere have been asked to "stand together to stem the poisonous rising tide of fear and...
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Monday, January 18, 2016
The World's Inequality Countdown
Welcome to the world's inequality countdown. In 2010, some 388 people owned as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population. Jump to 2014 and that 388 is down to 85 people. In 2015 the figure was 80 and now today Oxfam has revealed that 62 rich individuals own as much wealth as the...
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Challenging the Injustice and Inequality Driving Crises: Marking World Humanitarian Day
Our world is becoming a more dangerous place. Crises are intensifying. And the people who are most poor and vulnerable are always left suffering the consequences. That is what we must remember as we mark World Humanitarian Day this year. Almost 60 million people have been driven from their homes by...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Another World Is Possible, Without the 1%
Activists from around the world will defy the terrorists to attend the World Social Forum in Tunis on March 25, determined to make the occasion a beacon for free speech, justice and equality. I am proud to join the leaders of Greenpeace , ActionAid , Civicus and the Association for Women’s Rights...
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Monday, January 19, 2015
Rising Inequality and Climate Change: The Defining Challenges for Global Leaders in 2015
Significant progress has been made in the last decade. Global poverty rates are falling. Child and maternal mortality rates are down, many more children are in school, and the total number of people going hungry in the world is falling – albeit all far too slowly. Yet extreme economic inequality is...
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