The debate on the recent “Oxfam sex scandal” has focused almost exclusively on the offending aid workers and aid organisations while ignoring the voices of the vulnerable young women exploited, writes Giulia Piccolino, a lecturer in politics and international relations at Loughborough University, UK.
The Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal signals the arrival of the moment for an honest public conversation about charities’ role in society, the white saviour mentality, gender relations, charity accountability, and the impact of western aid and power in developing countries.
The Red Cross Helped an Executive Get a Job at Save the Children After Forcing Him Out For Sexual Harassment
The Red Cross forced Gerald Anderson to resign from his position as head of the global charity’s half-billion-dollar response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake after concluding that he’d sexually harassed at least one subordinate, and then helped him secure a high-paying job with Save the Children.
By reporting allegations of sexual assault committed by predatory white UN peacekeepers against Black African women and girls as “consensual sex”, the media presents Black bodies as “sites for white expressions of sadism and sexual perversion”, and reproduces stereotypes informed by white supremacy.