Oxfam calls for victims of sex scandal to come forward
- Author: Marjorie Miles Feb 18, 2018,
Feb 18, 2018, 6:05
Jim Clarken, Oxfam Ireland Chief Executive, said the global organisation's review shows their commitment "to enforce a zero-tolerance approach" to sexual misconduct.
"We will continue to support Oxfam's incredible work for many more years to come", she added.
I am inviting anyone who has been a victim of abuse to come forward.
"We need to make sure anyone guilty of such gross misconduct is not able to move between different organisations, exposing more vulnerable people to risk", said Ms Byanyima.
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said funding would not be considered until her department is satisfied that Oxfam can meet the "high standards" expected.
UK-based Oxfam has been rocked by allegations that senior staff working in Haiti after the country's 2010 quake faced misconduct allegations, including using prostitutes and downloading pornography.
"In taking these actions I am very aware that there are hundreds of good, fearless and compassionate people working for Oxfam around the world".
"We have doubled the number of people to four in our dedicated safeguarding team and we are in the process of recruiting two extra staff", Oxfam said in a satement.
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Mark Goldring, the chief executive of Oxfam GB, claimed critics were "gunning" for his organisation and suggested no-one had "murdered babies in their cots". I'm with you. We are going to do justice.
"I struggle to understand why they didn't respond immediately to that call for additional resource", she said. "I never gave her money".
After meeting Oxfam officials on Monday, Mordaunt said she had written to all British charities working overseas to demand that "they step up and do more, so that we have absolute assurance that the moral leadership, the systems, the culture and the transparency that are needed".
He said: "I don't think (Oxfam) wanted to promote a sensation and damage the delivery of that programme".
Mr Van Hauwermeiren, who left Oxfam in 2011 amid a sexual misconduct inquiry, has denied hiring prostitutes but said he had "intimate relations" with a woman who was "not a prostitute".
Oxfam has nearly 10,000 staff working in more than 90 countries across the globe. The names of the men involved have already been shared with the authorities in Haiti.
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.