Tam O'Neil

Tam O'Neil

Role: Senior Gender Advisor

Team: Inclusive Governance team


My role is to provide technical advice to CARE International UK’s programme and operational teams to help meet our commitment to integrate gender equality and equity into all our activities. It’s an incredibly varied job and hard to sum up! As a taster, here are some of the things I’ve been doing in the past year. For our programme teams, I’ve been supporting the roll out of the new CARE gender marker, setting up a new project to learn how CARE can build sustainable partnerships with women’s rights organisations, and setting up our new Women Lead initiative with our Gender in Emergencies Team. Internally, I’m leading CARE International UK’s Gender Equity and Diversity audit and rolling out the CARE Gender Equity and Diversity Training, which helps staff to better understand and discuss power, privilege and working across differences.

My passion is women’s political leadership and representation. Men’s over-representation at the top of politics, business, academia and civil society is unjust and leads to decisions that don’t reflect the needs and experiences of half the population adequately. As part of my day job I get to collaborate with committed feminists to try to change this. I’m a member of CARE International’s Gender Network, I co-chair the UK Gender and Development Network Working Group on Women’s Leadership and Participation with Oxfam, and I support CARE’s work with the cross-sector UK Centenary Action Group.

Before joining CARE in September 2016, I was a Research Fellow in the Politics and Governance Team at the Overseas Development Institute.

Email: oneil@careinternational.org

Twitter: tamoneil

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