Pushing Practice and Catalyzing Change – Women’s Rights in Humanitarian Action
Women's access to and control over resources (both social and economic) ar often more limited than those of men. Humanitarian agencies know this and for a long time most have used different gender-inclusive strategies to design and implement their activities. However, for a variety of reasons, the success of this is often inconsistent and highly dependent on individual commitment.
Oxfam Canada has long recognized this dilemma and as early as 1998 was supporting our women’s rights partners in Central America, beginning in Guatemala in response to Hurricane Mitch. In the following years Oxfam Canada continued to provide technical humanitarian advice, funds and other support to our women’s rights partners when crises occurred.
This report is a summary of the particular humanitarian response experience of women’s rights organizations in Central America and along with it, Oxfam Canada’s contributions and lessons learned.