Winnie Byanyima

Executive Director, Oxfam International

Winnie Byanyima

Winnie began a five-year term in May 2013 leading Oxfam International, which provides strategic guidance, support, expertise and coordination across the global organization. Through our 17 affiliates, Oxfam works with people in 94 countries to provide humanitarian relief in crisis, empower poor and marginalized people to gain social and economic equality, and campaign for a more just world.

Winnie began her career as an engineer for Uganda Airlines.  She was appointed to diplomatic service where she represented Uganda in France and at UNESCO in Paris. She returned to Uganda in 1994 and for the next ten years served as a member of parliament, created an all-woman parliamentary caucus, and was founding leader of the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), a national NGO in Uganda to champion women's equal participation in decision-making.

Winnie served at the African Union Commission to improve the institution's governance and equality by establishing a program on gender and development. In 2006, she moved to the global stage as director of the gender team of the United Nations Development Program, working on development, climate change and economic policy through the prism of gender considerations. In that role, 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 of climate change.

Winnie is a renowned grass-roots activist, human rights advocate, senior international public servant, and world recognized expert on women's rights.

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Why I led hundreds of people out of the UN climate talks

Yesterday I led hundreds of people from around the world in a walk out of the 19th UN climate talks. ...