“I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against Oxfam International. In no uncertain terms do I plan to continue my support of this organization or its leaders. And though it is unfortunate that after 20 years I am no longer able to advocate and defend through this specific framework, social and economic injustice is more globally prevalent than ever,” she mentioned in a press release Tuesday.
“I certainly will not let the abhorrent mistakes of a troubling organization stop me or anyone else from working with good people in this space to support a population of human beings around the world that needs our help.”
Oxfam’s leaders are accused of making an attempt to cowl up the conduct of a few of its senior employees members deployed to Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Aid employees, together with the Oxfam nation director on the time, Roland van Hauwermeiren, had been accused of turning a villa rented by the group right into a makeshift brothel, with prostitutes carrying solely Oxfam T-shirts.
Oxfam has apologized for the conduct of support employees, however denies a coverup.
Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima mentioned the charity is not the place it must be. But she mentioned it is “much better” than it was in 2011 and it’ll proceed to rebuild.
“I know that Oxfam will recover because there are a few people who have abused the power that they had … and abused the very people they were meant to protect. But the majority, the thousands of Oxfam staff around the world are saving lives,” Byanyima instructed CNN’s Hala Gorani.
“They are risking their lives every hour and this is good work that we will continue to do.”
Byanyima mentioned abuse of energy was an issue all through humanitarian support work and urged worldwide teams to start out sharing info. She mentioned change would solely come from a “systemwide” response, and pledged that Oxfam would “lead our sector” in instituting stronger accountability measures.
“I am deeply hurt at what happened to those women in Haiti and I feel for them, I want justice for them and we have sent our regional director to Haiti to explore and see what we need to do for justice to be done.”
In a press release Tuesday, Oxfam thanked Driver for her service and reiterated its dedication to accountability.
“Minnie Driver has been a loyal Oxfam supporter for a few years, and we’re grateful for her dedication to ending world poverty. Her resolution to step down as an Oxfam ambassador saddens us deeply, however we additionally perceive and respect her alternative.
“As an group, we’re ashamed by the actions of a few of our employees and are extra dedicated now than ever to be taught from our errors and guarantee we uphold the best ranges of safeguarding requirements in our work world wide.”