Building Gender Sensitive Resilience Through Women's Economic Empowerment: Lessons learned from pastoralist women in Ethiopia

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In addition to ethnicity, age, or disability, gender in the Somali region of Ethiopia strongly intersects with pastoralism, a predominant livelihood in East Africa and the Horn. This paper explores how the overlap of a double marginalized identity produces particular disadvantages for pastoralist women in Ethiopia, and how an Oxfam intervention in the Somali region is addressing the connection between these disadvantages and poverty and power.
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  BUILDING GENDER SENSITIVE RESILIENCE THROUGH WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT LESSONS LEARNED FROM PASTORALIST WOMEN IN ETHIOPIA IMMA GUIXE OXFAM INTERSECTIONALITY SERIES   Oxfam America 2   Foto credits: Pablo Tosco    Oxfam America 1 CONTENTS Contents……………………………………………………………………………….… 1   Foreword………………………………………………………………………………… 2 Introduction………………………………………………………………………………4   Findings…………………………………………………………………………………..5   Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………...11    Oxfam America 2 FOREWORD On March 23-24, 2015, representatives from Oxfam affiliates and partners assembled on the Simmons College campus in Boston, Massachusetts. In a rare opportunity, gender experts and development practitioners donned their student hats to deep-dive into the topic of Intersectionality, an area of academic thought and feminist theory that is evolving into an ever-growing body of development discourse. The event was co-sponsored by Oxfam America, Oxfam Novib, and Oxfam Intermon, in close partnership with the Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons School of Management. Not just a learning space, the Symposium was also a conduit for the generation of knowledge. The centerpiece of discussions was a series of practice papers, authored by Oxfam staff and partners, which explore the issue of Gender and Intersectionality within the broader context of international development work. The intention is to share Oxfam’s experience in  Gender and Intersectionality with a wide audience in hopes of fostering thoughtful debate and discussion. Oxfam America extends special thanks to all staff and partners who participated in the Symposium and who shared their expertise through these practice papers. We acknowledge the contribution of the advisory and planning committees, particularly of Sandra Sotelo Reyes (Intermon), Carmen Reinoso (Novib), Muthoni Muriu (Oxfam America), Patricia Deyton (CGO), Alivelu Ramisetty (Oxfam America), Maria Ezpeleta (Oxfam America), Eloisa Devietti (Oxfam  America) and Lauren Walleser (CGO). We also recognize the support of Caroline Sweetman and Liz Cooke (Oxfam Great Britain) who made possible the publication of a special virtual issue of Gender & Development, Intersecting Inequalities , (http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/bes/cgde-vsi-intersectionality). Finally, we thank Irene Munoz (Oxfam International) and Aileen Charleston (Oxfam America) for their collaboration on communications .
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