Oxfam Chief: Sex-abuse Claims a "stain" on the Organization

Phillip Cunningham
February 18, 2018

There is also talk of Oxfam losing some of its funding; the organization has already agreed to stop bidding for government funding within the UK.

Several senior officials with the worldwide charity have resigned in the wake of the controversy, including the deputy chief executive of Oxfam Great Britain.

"The intensity and the ferocity of the attack makes you wonder, what did we do?"

She urged victims to come forward, saying she was "here for all the women who have been abused".

Earlier this week at the NME Awards, Eavis' father, Michael, told the Press Association: "We've raised millions through the years with Oxfam - six million quid and everyone's said what a wonderful charity they are and we still support them".

The interview followed a promise by Oxfam to publish a 2011 internal investigation into staff involved in sexual and other misconduct in Haiti as soon as possible, the Guardian reported.

"From the bottom of my heart I am asking for forgiveness", she added.

The deputy head of Oxfam resigned on Monday over what she said was the British charity's failure to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some of its staff in Haiti and Chad. The allegations relate to Oxfam Great Britain, one of 20 affiliates that make up Oxfam International. "I never gave her money".

In comments to reporters at the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, who tracked him down in an unidentified town on the Belgian coast, Van Hauwermeiren said there were "lots of lies and exaggerations" in media reports.

He said: "I don't think (Oxfam) wanted to promote a sensation and damage the delivery of that programme". The aid group is under fire for supposedly failing to tell the British government's Charity Commission the full story regarding the purported behavior.

The charity admitted Thursday it rehired one of those sacked in Haiti just months later and is now checking whether any complaints were subsequently made.

Oxfam said its decision to rehire the man in Ethiopia was a "serious error".

Oxfam says it investigated the case, fired four workers and let three others resign, but the British government and charity regulators have criticized its lack of transparency.

In response, Oxfam said it would create a global database of accredited referees to crack down on forged or unreliable references from past or current employees.

Ms Mordaunt said: 'We will not work with any organisation that does not live up to the high standards on safeguarding and protection that we require.

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