Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima is a grassroots activist, human rights advocate, senior international public servant, world-recognised expert on women's rights, and currently the executive director of Oxfam International.

For 11 years she was a member of the Ugandan Parliament, served at the African Union Commission and was the Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Programme.

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 was also a co-chairperson at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Climate SOS

The climate movement charges on, even without the US

Developing nations lay claim to the mantle of leadership for a fairer, safer world.

Women's Rights

Women of the world, unite!

Now is the time to continue marching forward with our heads and placards held high for all to see.


Lake Chad Basin: World's most neglected crisis rages on

As the humanitarian scale-up in the region continues, governments and donors are urged to do their part.

Human Rights

Say enough to violence against women

Social norms which encourage violence against women need to be confronted and changed.

Humanitarian crises

UN refugees and migrants summit: All talk, no action

For now, these summits risk being but a half-hearted beginning to help those millions of people forced to flee.


Resist betraying the Refugee Convention 65 years on

On the 65th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, let's #StandAsOne with our 65 million forcibly displaced people.


Jo Cox's message to the world: We have #MoreInCommon

We must actively reject hateful ideology from all corners.

Poverty & Development

The world's inequality countdown

The rich can no longer pretend that their wealth benefits the rest of us - the only thing trickling down is inequality.

War & Conflict

Faith in humanity should be restored

It is scandalous and unacceptable that it took so long and so many deaths for a wake-up call in Europe.