Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly called on by multiple media outlets about sexual violence in the aid world

March 2018

As news of sexual assault perpetrated by senior leaders at several aid organizations has recently been in the news, several news outlets have called on Dyan Mazurana for her expertise. The report she co-authored with Phoebe Donnelly presented Oxfam’s Safeguarding Department as a best practice for an international agency addressing sexual harassment and assault. She describes how the recent events show that their systems is working.

On BBC Newsnight, Dyan describes the best practice safeguarding measures that Oxfam has. She explains that good reporting mechanisms that people have confidence in will increase reporting. (February 13, 2018)

Civil Society Media discusses the report’s findings and recommendations in this article. (February 15, 2018)

In an article in Dutch newspaper, De Tijd, Dyan said, “Oxfam is in fact a textbook example of how it should be done. It has a fully independent department for handling complaints…Many organization stick their heads in the sand and hope that nobody is look in their direction. This is a sector-wide problem.” (Feburary 16, 2018)

The video and findings from their report are presented in this video on Equal Times. (February 16, 2018)

Dyan is quoted in the Guardian’s article here. (February 17, 2018)

Dyan spoke to Dotun Adebayo on Up All Night on the BBC here (at 26-33 minutes). She states, “The charity sector has a sexual violence problem” and goes on to describe the importance of independent reporting mechanisms. (February 19, 2018)

She described the issue in her post on the World Peace Foundation blog, “Is Oxfam the Worst or the Best?” Dyan explained, “Oxfam has a clear policy against sexual exploitation and abuse, and one of the best industry practices for reporting. Ironically, it is precisely because of this, that the cases have come to light—and Oxfam’s Safeguarding teams should be commended for doing their job…The problem is deeply embedded in an industry in which the familiar system of senior staff (usually male) have huge power and authority over junior staff (usually female), compounded by specific problems of international staff having even greater power over vulnerable local people.” (February 20, 2018)

A blog on the Huffington Post, “Don’t cancel your donation to Oxfam. Double it” cites the Feinstein research. (February 20, 2018)

An article in The Tablet quotes Dyan. (February 21, 2018)

Phoebe discussed the current scandal and the findings from the report on Korean radio show “Morning Waves in Busan” here. (February 26, 2018)


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