Oxfam Boss Mark Goldring Calls Sex Abuse Scandal Reaction 'Out Of Proportion'

Jim Clarken, Oxfam Ireland Chief Executive, said the worldwide organisation's review shows their commitment "to enforce a zero-tolerance approach" to sexual misconduct.

According to a BBC translation, she asked, "From the bottom of my heart, forgive us, forgive Oxfam".

Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima on Friday encouraged victims to come forward, "for justice to be done", saying she was "here for all the women who have been abused".

"Oxfam has agreed to withdraw from bidding for any new UK Government funding until (the Department for International Development) is satisfied that they can meet the high standards we expect of our partners", Mordaunt said in a statement.

The International Development Secretary's announcement and criticism of Oxfam's leadership team came as one of the charity's senior figures complained the storm of criticism was "out of proportion".

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The new plan comes a week after revelations that Oxfam staff used prostitutes while working in Haiti following a devastating 2010 natural disaster and a wave of subsequent allegations of sexual misconduct.

Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring said the organization is working to protect staff, volunteers and communities around the world.

Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam GB, admitted the organization needed to reform, but said "the scale and the intensity of the attacks feels out of proportion to the level of culpability".

"The intensity and the ferocity of the attack makes you wonder, what did we do?" he said in an interview with the Guardian. I struggle to understand it.

Eight years later activists in Haiti have learnt that Oxfam - the charity they considered an ally in their cause - was run by men who may have committed similar abuses.

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"I think it was very unbalanced and, ironically, didn't give enough credit to the very work that she promoted", he said.

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".

The charity is also introducing a number of immediate measures - including creating a new global database of accredited referees to combat "unreliable" references by past or current staff, and extra resources for the charity's safeguarding processes.

'That they report staff members involved in this incident to their respective national governments; and that they fully cooperate with the Haitian authorities, including handing over all evidence they hold.

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