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Caroline Sweetman

Editor, Gender & Development Journal

Caroline Sweetman

Caroline is Editor of Oxfam's international journal Gender & Development. The journal is published by Routledge and aims to support development workers to integrate gender justice and women's rights into their work. It publishes the experience of policymakers, practitioners, and women's rights activists, many of whom have never previously published their work.

Caroline has a PhD, examining the impact of a microfinance project on Ethiopian craftsworker women's poverty, livelihoods and empowerment. She has over fifteen years experience in Oxfam GB, with spells as a gender policy and programme adviser, and as a policy researcher. She started her career off in Lesotho, working as a journalist, for a mineworkers' trade union association, and a children's village, before setting up and project managing a UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)-sponsored popular women's education/media project, Shoeshoe.

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Sara, a refugee from Syria, fled to Jordan after she survived being shot in the head

Women leading in the peace

According to World Bank estimates of September 2016, two billion people live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. By 2030, the share of global...

A street rally to mark the launch of the We Can campaign to end violence against women, in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, in September 2004

1 in 3 women suffer violence, but it's everyone's problem

NEWS:  1 in 3 women are estimated to directly experience violence. In the Gender & Development's latest journal, issues around violence against women and girls (VAWG) are explored...

Hygienists at Oxfam managed Kumala community care centre in Sierra Leone. Pictured from left to right Lamrana B Sesay, Fatmata Jalloh, Bintu Kabba, Aminata Turay and Ramatu S Jalloh. The women are working to fight Ebola. Credit: Michelle Curran/Oxfam

Are the Sustainable Development Goals good news for women?

The 2015 Sustainable Development Goal agreement was a historic moment for development and for feminism. Much hope rests on the goals, but what will they really achieve, for people living in poverty,...

Hazna, a 38 years old hindu, 2 children stands in a makeshift camp along the road in the district Mirpur Khas district, Sindh, Pakistan on November 3, 2011

Gender and Development talks resilience

How are men and women affected differently by shocks and stresses, and how can a women's rights approach be applied? Caroline Sweetman, Editor of the Gender & Development journal, introduces...

The shanty homes of fisher families and city immigrants on Back Bay with the tower blocks of Nariman Point in the background. Mumbai, India (Credit: Paul Smith/Panos)

Equal to anything? What happens to gender inequality when incomes rise and fall

The latest issue of Gender & Development focuses on inequalities. Here, Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, and Caroline Sweetman, Editor, introduce the...

Mother and daughter stand outside the small, single-room shack which is their home, in Mukuru informal settlement, in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 28, 2014. The girl goes to a Mukuru school where Oxfam partner Sanergy has installed Fresh Life toilets, which replace unsanitary pit latrines. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Why have sex and the city when you can have gender?

The new issue of the Gender & Development journal looks at women's rights and the promotion of gender equality in the urban environment. Here G&D's Editor, Caroline Sweetman, draws...

Gulnara Ahmadov prepares her daughter, Gulmira for school (Credit: David Levene/ Oxfam)

Care - from motherhood and apple pie to human rights

Care work is a social good, but one that is all too often undervalued, unequal and under resourced. Here, Gender & Development editor Caroline Sweetman introduces the Care issue. ...

 Herethay Katakpah (red), the Community Education Mobiliser (CEM) from Yawerlee Elementary School encouraging Nyamah Smo (white) to send her daughter Annie Boakar, 6, (Nursery 2) to school.Yawerlee, Suakoko District, Bong County, Liberia. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam GB

Monitoring, evaluation and learning – why it’s an activist’s best friend

Why is Gender & Development focusing on monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) this issue? Editor Caroline Sweetman explains how gender sensitive MEL can support women's empowerment as...

A girl at school in Pakistan. Credit: Irina Werning/Oxfam

‘Vote no to women graduates!’ Getting education right for women

Education is a fundamental human right, but what's needed to ensure a quality empowering education for all?  Gender & Development editor Caroline Sweetman introduces the Education...

Former girl soldier at a transition and rehabilitation centre in DRC, Caroline Irby/Oxfam

Is a woman's place on the battlefield?

Editor Caroline Sweetman introduces the latest issue of the Gender & Development journal, which looks at gender, conflict and violence through the lens of feminism.  ...