WINNIE BYANYIMA has resigned her jobas Executive Director of Oxfam International.
Ms Byanyima revealed to staff in an email that she was leaving to take over as the new ED at UNAIDS.
She told staff that she was honored to have served at the helm of Oxfam since 2013.
“I feel honored to lead Oxfam,” Byanyima’s email reads in part.
However she said she took up the UNAID executive role due to her passion to confront the rampant AIDS scourge.
She further revealed that she lost a brother, Bernard, to AIDS, thus her drive to serve at UNAIDS.
“I will still serve at Oxfam for the next few months before I leave,” Byanyima writes to staff.
Winnie Byanyima has served as Executive Director of Oxfam International since May 1 2013.
She is a leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building. She served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament, and has served at the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program. She co-founded the 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance and chaired a UN task force on gender aspects of the Millennium DevelopmentGoals, and on climate change.
Born in Uganda, Ms. Byanyima was elected for three terms and served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament. She led Uganda’s first parliamentary women’s caucus, championing ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the county’s 1995 post-conflict constitution. A world recognized expert on women’s rights, she founded the still-thriving civil society organization Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE). She has served at the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program.
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 on climate change. She has served on numerous global boards and commissions including the African Capacity Building Foundation and the International Centre for Research on Women.
She holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in Energy Conservation and the Environment (University of Cranfield), and a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Manchester).
While taking over at Oxfam, she said: “Oxfamis part of challenging and changing times. We must seize every opportunity to support poor people to claim their rights, and to finally escape poverty, hunger and injustice. I believe the world needs a strong civil society now more than ever before.”