Winnie Byanyima


Winnie Byanyima is executive director at Oxfam International. A grass-roots activist, human rights advocate and world-recognized expert on women’s rights, she began her career as an engineer in her native Uganda. Appointed to the diplomatic service in 1989, she represented Uganda in France and at UNESCO. She was a member of parliament for 10 years in Uganda, and thereafter served at the African Union Commission. She was the UNDP’s director of gender and development between 2006 and 2013.

Latest Articles

UHC: A spoonful of sugar to ensure health care for everyone
13 Apr 2015

Health care does not have to be a luxury. But to achieve universal health care in developing countries, health systems must be financed and delivered in the right away. An exclusive op-ed from Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima.

A challenge to global leaders: Rewrite corporate tax rules to close wealth gap
19 Jan 2015

Ahead of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting this week, Winnie Byanyima warns that extreme and rising inequality is fast becoming the most pressing development issue — but global leaders can change policies to reverse the trend. An insider's take from Oxfam International's executive director.

Ending poverty through sustainable development and leaving no one behind
23 Sep 2014

Smart political and financial investments are needed if we want to keep the momentum on achieving the Millennium Development Goals as the 2015 deadline approaches. A guest opinion by the executive director of Oxfam International and the U.N. secretary-general's special adviser on post-2015 development planning.

The solutions to tackle global challenges are within our grasp
5 Aug 2014

Eradicating poverty and inequality, removing barriers to rights and opportunities for women, and living sustainably must be the basis of the post-2015 global development framework, Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima writes in this guest opinion.

When women go unheard
27 Mar 2014

Let's change the way we think about leadership — as a way to collaborate, build strength collectively and encourage inclusivity. An exclusive guest opinion by Oxfam International’s Executive Director Winnie Byanyima.