I joined Oxfam in 2016 and am responsible for leading Oxfam GB's work championing women's rights and gender justice, both within the organisation and externally. I am also a 'Re- Fammer', having worked with Oxfam many years ago.
I have been lucky enough to live and work in many countries, and have played an active role in shaping the debate on women's rights and gender justice, both in the UK and globally. I have worked with many different organisations, ranging from UN Women to the corporate sector, small local NGOs, donor organisations and the media. I have a background in communications as well as gender, having been co-editor of New Internationalist magazine and Editorial Director at the Panos Institute, which works with
journalists all over the world.
Just prior to joining Oxfam, I was a consultant for several years, writing, training, speaking and doing evaluations. I specialised in work on girls - I spent a number of years writing Plan International's Because I am a Girl reports.
For the past 10 years, I have also been interested to see how men can be involved in supporting gender equality. I did a Tedx talk on the subject, as well as co-authoring the first ever State of the World's Fathers. My latest book, written just before I joined Oxfam is The No-nonsense Guide to Feminism. I continue to blog and tweet, @NikkivanderGaag, though I now have less time for writing than I used to!
In addition to my work with Oxfam, I'm a Senior Fellow at Instituto Promundo; a global leader in promoting gender justice and preventing violence by engaging men and boys, in partnership with women and girls.
I re-joined Oxfam because I wanted to build on the excellent work that had been developed by many committed and wonderful people, both in Oxfam and beyond over the last 75 years. I still hope to give further impetus, with others, to putting gender at the start and women's rights at the heart of everything we do. Here's to a better and a fairer world!