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Winnie Byanyima

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Winnie Byanyima is a grass-roots activist, human rights advocate, senior international public servant, and world recognized expert on women’s rights. She is currently Executive Director of Oxfam International. 

Born in Uganda, Ms. Byanyima was elected for three terms and served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament. She founded the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), a leading NGO in Uganda and has served at the African Union Commission and at the United Nations Development Programme as Director of Gender and Development. Ms. Byanyima is a signatory to her country’s 1985 peace agreement and has helped to broker and support women’s participation in peace processes in several African countries. As part of her drive to bring women’s perspectives into core development issues, she co-founded the Global Gender and Climate Alliance and chaired UN-wide task forces on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals and climate change.

Ms. Byanyima has served on numerous global boards and commissions and is currently a member of the Executive Board of the International Centre for Research on Women. She holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in Energy Conservation and the Environment (University of Cranfield, UK), and a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Manchester, UK)

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Global Inequality is a Threat to Democracy

Video | Aug 29, 2018

Winnie Byanyima shows how we all suffer when corporations evade taxes

Commission on Global Economic Transformation

Research Program

Chaired by Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Michael Spence, INET has assembled a global team of leaders and scholars calling for new thinking & new rules for the world economy

Redefining Inequality

Video | Nov 8, 2017

As the old lines continue to blur, what does inequality mean in the modern global economy? And, how does the economy need to evolve to address these changes?

Euractiv: Oxfam chief: ‘We also feel the lack of trust among citizens’

News Oct 24, 2017

“Winnie Byanyima believes it is high time to come up with fresh thinking in the world of politics and economy. But first, deeper self-criticism is needed across the board because all fields, including the NGO sector, are affected by a lack of trust from citizens.”