Photo: Fatoumata has been a peer educator in her community in Mali for 2 years. She is committed to staying in school and educating others about child marriage. Credit: Oxfam Novib/ Laeila Adjovi
The past two months of my internship experience at Oxfam Novib have been incredible. I have had such a great experience because of the Oxfam Novib Academy (ONA), which provides various workshops for interns and a mentorship program. The ONA demonstrates how much the organization is invested in the experience of interns and in our future. With the great variety of projects and programs Oxfam Novib works on, you are sure to find an internship that focuses on a topic you find interesting. In my case, I was very excited to find out about the communications internship with the Gender Justice team.
Oxfam Novib strives to include gender in every aspect of all the work they do. This goal is not just gender equality, but rather an intersectional, transformative change in gender relations and power structures to create a more fair and equitable society for all marginalized folks. It is empowering to work with the gender justice team where all of my colleagues are experts on these issues and working on projects that are making a concrete difference in the lives of women and girls.
One of the programs my internship has been focused on is Marriage: No Child’s Play which works to end child marriage. The program is implemented by the More Than Brides Alliance (MTBA) which is made up by Oxfam Novib, Save the Children Netherlands, Simavi Netherlands, and the Population Council. Recently, MTBA had a workshop where members of the alliance came together to discuss their theory of change for the coming years of the program. It was very enlightening to listen to the experiences of colleagues working all over the world from different organizations. The discussions I participated in placed an emphasis on including the girls in the design of the program, contextualizing approaches, and increasing southern leadership.
My main responsibility during this internship is to coordinate a video project for MTBA that will be released during the 16 Days of Activism. This project enriches my internship experience because I have real responsibility and agency and it is empowering to feel trusted and know that my ideas are valued. The 16 Days begin on the 25th of November and you can follow the MTBA Instagram here to stay tuned during the campaign!
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