Head of Oxfam to visit Faculty of Arts

30 May 2017
Winnie Byanyima

The global head of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, will be a special guest of the Faculty of Arts on Monday 12 June.

Born in Uganda, Ms Byanyima is renowned as a grassroots activist, human rights advocate, senior international public servant and world-recognised expert on women's rights.

Ms Byanyima will take part in a public conversation with invited academics in the Fale Pasifika.

"This is a rare opportunity to hear a global leader who has special insight into some of the more troubling issues of our time such as the growth of global inequality, the struggles for democratic governance, the challenges of peace-keeping and the tragedy of gender inequality," says Associate Professor of Development Studies, Yvonne Underhill-Sem.

Yvonne, who is co-chair of Oxfam New Zealand's Governance Board, says Ms Byanyima has the ability and vision to lead new initiatives and new thinking and action on a global level.

"She is highly regarded in the global development, peacekeeping and gender arena because of her insights and analysis but also because of the courage of her leadership."

Ms Byanyima has served as a member of the Ugandan Parliament; been on the African Union Commission and was the Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Programme. She took on her five-year role at Oxfam in May 2013.

"We must seize every opportunity to support poor people to claim their rights, and to finally escape poverty, hunger and injustice," she says.

"I believe the world needs a strong civil society now more than ever before."

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