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Emily Brown

Gender and Governance Adviser

Emily Brown

Emily is Oxfam's Gender and Governance Adviser based in Oxford. She was formerly responsible for the coordination of Raising Her Voice (RHV), Oxfam GB's programme supporting initiatives to enhance women's participation in local and national leadership and governance structures in 17 countries worldwide. 

Emily brings this experience to a new advisory role, providing practical support to colleagues and partners developing new projects and learning from the growing body of work on women's voice and influence across Oxfam's programming. This includes collaboration with two regional programmes in the Middle East, working to strengthen women's political participation and change attitudes surrounding the perceived value and legitimacy of women's voice and influence in decision-making. 

Emily worked previously as Southern Africa programme and policy manager at Womankind Worldwide where she was responsible for the development, management and monitoring of programmes in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Albania. In this, as in her current role, Emily provided ongoing technical (and moral) support to partner organisations and broader women's movements. Emily was also Womankind's resource person on HIV and AIDS and coordinated the UK Gender and Development Network (GADN) from 2002 to 2004. She co-Chairs the GADN working group on Women's Participation and Leadership.

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Women participate in a meeting of the 'Nari Utthan' (women ascending) Community Discussion Class, Nepal. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

How will you Raise Her Voice?

Yesterday Emily Brown, Oxfam's Gender and Governance Advisor launched a new animation on women's political voice - and today, to inspire you, she shares a selection of the finest feminist...

Raising her voice. Copyright 2014 Cognitive

Raising her voice: making women’s invisibility, visible

Oxfam's Raising Her Voice programme set out to support women's voices to be heard with greater confidence in political, public and private life. As we launch a new animation on what this...

Sunrise in Barguna Sadar, Bangladesh. Credit: Ami Vitale/Oxfam

Changes we want to see in 2014

At the dawn of 2014 time is running out for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). How is the world doing? In the spirit of new  year optimism we asked nine Oxfam experts what...

A rally for the domestic violence bill in Pakistan. Credit: Oxfam

When women get together great things are possible - lessons from Raising Her Voice

For five years Raising Her Voice worked in 17 countries to promote women's participation and influence in decision making. Here Emily Brown, programme coordinator, shares her lessons as we launch...

Women's community meeting in Pakistan

Harnessing local activism - the impact of Women Leader Groups in Pakistan

Raising Her Voice (RHV) aims to promote the rights and capacity of poor women to engage effectively in governance at all levels. RHV projects run in 17 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America...