Minnie Driver quits as Oxfam ambassador after sex in crisis zone scandal

Actress Minnie Driver has resigned from her role as an Oxfam celebrity ambassador and corporate backers demanded accountability as the aid organization sought to address allegations that senior staff members working in crisis zones paid for sex among the desperate people the group was meant to serve. Devastated for the women who were used by people sent there to help them, devastated by the response of an organisation that I have been raising awareness for since I was 9 years old.”

All I can tell you about this awful revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated.Devastated for the women who were used by people sent there to help them, devastated by the response of an organization that I have been raising awareness for since I was 9 years old #oxfamscandal—
@driverminnie

Agreed.But, there are many other organizations with feet on the ground in developing countries,from big NGOs to grassroots.No one has to stop helping because there has been terrible leadership in one area. Driver tweeted: “All I can tell you about this awful revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated. “While investigations have to be completed and any potential criminals prosecuted accordingly, what is clear is that the culture that allowed this to happen needs to change and it needs to change now,” she said. The star of Good Will Hunting said she will no longer support the organization following its response to a sex abuse scandal in Haiti after its 2010 earthquake. Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has warned that government funding to the group — some £31.7 million pounds (about $43.8 million US) — is at risk unless it comes clean about the allegations. Visa, for example, which developed a partnership with Oxfam to help distribute funds to people hit by natural disaster, said it is watching closely. (Simon Dawson/Reuters)

Oxfam’s corporate partners, including Mark & Spencer, Heathrow Airport and Waterstones, are asking questions. Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt

Amid fears that sex predators have targeted aid organizations to get access to the vulnerable, Mordaunt told a conference in Sweden that she would be meeting with the National Crime Agency on Thursday to underscore her concerns. Oxfam’s corporate partners, including Visa, Mark & Spencer, Heathrow Airport and Waterstones, are asking questions about the scandal. “At Visa, we are committed to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct, and we expect the same from our partners,” the company said. ‘What is clear is that the culture that allowed this to happen needs to change and it needs to change now.’
– U.K. reviewing Oxfam ties after sex abuse scandal in Haiti

‘This happened on my watch’: Oxfam sex scandal prompts U.K. To me,accountability can’t just be a trigger word,it has to be actionable https://t.co/3PMYCyXuS2—
@driverminnie

The anti-poverty organization has been reeling since the Times of London reported last week that seven former Oxfam staff members who worked in Haiti faced misconduct allegations that included using prostitutes and downloading pornography. deputy chief’s resignation

Oxfam says it investigated, but the government and charity regulators have criticized its lack of transparency in its handling of the matter. “We are engaged with Oxfam to understand what steps have been taken to address staff misconduct and ensure alignment with our own standards and values.”

© The Associated Press, 2018 U.K. Britain’s top development official has savaged the leadership of Oxfam for its handling of the scandal. U.K.