Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Oxfam's deputy head quits after Haiti sex scandal

Oxfam's deputy head quits after Haiti sex scandal

The CEO posed for pictures, chatted with staff and awarded certificates to the shop's volunteers on Thursday afternoon.

THE Oxfam sex scandal deepened last night after it emerged there have been 123 allegations of sexual harassment including against girls as young as 14 at its stores.

Evans - now a local councillor in England - said she "struggled" to understand why senior management did not give her more resources to address the problem.

'Oxfam assured me they are cooperating fully with the authorities in Haiti and will do so in any other country where abuse has been exposed'.

Oxfam's deputy chief executive has resigned, saying she took "full responsibility" for failing to act immediately in the sexual misconduct scandal involving the charity's workers in Haiti following the 2010 quake.

Asked if the charity was anxious about a drop in financial support and public trust following the allegations, Oxfam Ireland said it was "committed to earning and maintaining the trust of our supporters" through an "open and transparent" organisation and a "robust whistleblowing policy". She told Channel 4 she was "extremely concerned about that" and wrote to Mark Goldring to ask why she hadn't been given the opportunity to report those findings and discuss her concerns. She said she was "deeply, deeply hurt" by the reports but that it could not happen under systems and rules put in place since. She recalled one day when three separate sexual misconduct claims were brought to her attention.

More organizations that have relationships with Oxfam like Marks and Spencer and the Duke of Edinburgh Award have also conveyed their concern about the scandal and are considering pulling support for Oxfam.

Britain's secretary for worldwide development, Penny Mordaunt, said Sunday that the way allegations of sexual misconduct were handled by Oxfam was "shocking" and demonstrated an "absolute absence of leadership".

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Another involved an assault on a teenage volunteer by a staff member in a charity shop in Britain, she said.

After the interview aired, Evans tweeted a statement summarising her position.

"As programme director at the time, I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility", she said, adding that she was "desperately sorry for the harm and distress that this has caused to Oxfam's supporters, the wider development sector and most of all the vulnerable people who trusted us". We have now heard of allegations of staff members in Chad using sex workers in 2006.

"Issues revealed in recent days are shocking and unacceptable", commission Deputy Chief Executive David Holdsworth said.

The charity's deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, who joined Oxfam in 2006 as global programmes director resigned yesterday.

He told Channel 4 News: "I certainly apologise for not acting fast enough".

Some 25% said they were fairly untrustworthy, 44% that they were fairly trustworthy, and 9% that they were very trustworthy. Humanitarian workers are motivated by a desire to help people in crisis situations, often putting themselves at great risk in order to do so. No report of sexual abuse of aid recipients was reported. "And possibly Oxfam executives have broken the law by aiding, abetting and supporting".

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