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Ending global poverty begins with women’s rights

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Our experts and thought leaders research, analyze policy, and help design programs that transform how we approach women's rights and poverty through collaboration and innovation.

Julie Delahanty
Executive Director, Ottawa
Julie Delahanty, Executive Director of Oxfam Canada is a committed feminist and leader on gender equality and human rights with more than 20 years of international development experience.
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Before joining Oxfam, she was the Director of the Central America Program for Global Affairs Canada and served in many other posts in government including as Director of the Gender Equality and Child Protection Division, as Deputy Director for Pakistan and Deputy Director for Human Rights and International Women’s Equality. Julie has written extensively and campaigned on issues of gender and employment, trade, agricultural biodiversity, sexual and reproductive health and rights and globalization. She sits on the Executive Board of Oxfam International where she acts as the gender champion for the world-wide influencing and campaigning work of the confederation. Julie has lived and represented Canada in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2016, she was named one of the 100 most influential women in Canada.

Lauren Ravon
Director, Policy and Campaigns , Ottawa
Lauren Ravon is the Director of Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam Canada. She leads a team of campaigners and policy experts working to advance Oxfam’s influencing agenda on a range of issues, ranging from women’s rights and economic inequality, to food and climate justice.
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Prior to joining Oxfam, Lauren worked for five years at the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy) where she was responsible for managing programs in the Americas. She has also worked on programs to tackle gender-based violence and promote women’s reproductive rights with Planned Parenthood in Sub-Saharan Africa and the International Rescue Committee in East Timor. She holds Masters Degrees in International Affairs from Columbia University and the Institute of Political Science in Paris (Sciences Po).
Ian Thomson
Policy Specialist, Extractive Industries, Ottawa
Ian leads our policy work on gender justice in the mining, oil and gas industries. In collaboration with partners and colleagues in Canada and more than 30 countries, he advocates for public policy reform and changing industry norms to tackle the entrenched gender bias around natural resource extraction – who benefits, who bears the risk and who holds power.
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He is actively involved in the Publish What You Pay-Canada network and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability. He also guides Oxfam Canada’s policy work on climate change, international trade and investment, and the role of the private sector.

Prior to joining Oxfam, from 2005 to 2017, Ian coordinated the human rights and natural resources program of KAIROS Canada, a coalition of 10 national churches and religious organizations. He is a board member of MiningWatch Canada and the Maquila Solidarity Network, and holds engineering degrees from Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. A passionate cyclist and runner, he loves the month of May when his hometown of Ottawa emerges from winter and fully comes into bloom.
Mayssam Zaaroura
Women's Rights Knowledge Specialist, Ottawa
Mayssam Zaaroura is Oxfam Canada’s Women’s Rights Knowledge Specialist working on feminist approaches to research and development on Violence Against Women and Girls. She is an expert on Gender and Violence in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States, with over 15 years’ experience on gender transformation, working with civil society organizations and political actors on women, peace and security, gender and forced migration, conflict and transition processes, and women’s political empowerment in conflict and post-conflict settings.
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Prior to joining Oxfam Canada, Ms. Zaaroura was the Program Officer with the Safe and Inclusive Cities Initiative in the Governance and Justice Program at the International Development Centre, working on urban violence and on women’s empowerment in Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. As a communications expert, she was National Desk Editor and Senior Political Journalist at The Daily Star newspaper in Lebanon, covering political issues in the MENA region. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Development and Global Studies from the University of Ottawa (2011), and a Bachelor’s in Communications and Languages from the University of Sunderland in the UK (2002).
Brittany Lambert
Women's Rights Specialist, Policy and Advocacy, Ottawa
Brittany Lambert is a Women’s Rights Policy and Advocacy specialist at Oxfam Canada. She has over a decade of experience in international development research, policy and advocacy.
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She has worked extensively on issues such as economic inequality, women's rights, Canadian aid and foreign policy, rights-based approaches to trade and investment, and social determinants of health. Currently, she leads Oxfam Canada’s policy and advocacy on humanitarian and refugee issues, bringing a strong gender lens to this work. Brittany is a proud feminist. Women’s rights and human rights are at the heart of her vision for social change. Prior to working for Oxfam, she worked at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy. She has a Master’s degree from McGill University.
Dana Stefov
Women's Rights Specialist, Policy and Advocacy, Ottawa
Dana Stefov is Women’s Rights Policy and Advocacy Specialist and the policy lead on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) at Oxfam Canada. She also supports the team’s work on women’s economic equality.
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Dana is a committed feminist that has worked in women’s rights, climate and food justice programming and policy, in Canada, throughout the Americas and internationally. She has lived and worked in several Central American countries – Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica - and is particularly fond of the region. She has held recent positions with USC Canada, the Halifax Initiative Coalition, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and a coalition of human rights organizations in the Americas advocating to strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights System.

Dana hold a M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Hons) in Development Studies and Political Science from Queen’s University. She lives with her partner Sébastien and two children, Alexis and Sacha, in a house they built with their own hands in Wakefield, Quebec in the national capital region of Canada. Dana is a beer-loving foodie who speaks Greek, Romanian, Spanish, French and English.
Diana Sarosi
Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Ottawa
Diana Sarosi is the manager of Oxfam’s women’s rights policy and advocacy team. She is a long-standing feminist advocate, with over 15 experience working with non-governmental organizations in Canada and throughout Southeast Asia.
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At Oxfam Canada, she is advancing policy files related to economic inequality, gender budgeting, humanitarian assistance, peace and security, aid and foreign policy, and women’s leadership, all with an emphasis on feminist approaches, targeting the Canadian government and multilateral fora. She is an ongoing analyst and commentator on Canada’s federal budget. Diana previously worked for the Nobel Women’s Initiative and grassroots organizations throughout Southeast Asia. She lived five years in Thailand and founded a NGO working to protect human rights defenders. She is also a steering committee member of the Women, Peace and Security Network Canada.

Diana holds degrees in Political Science and Conflict Resolution and has published several reports, articles and op-eds.
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