Oasis Community Learning celebrates International Women’s Day!

Oasis Community Learning (OCL), within the broader family of Oasis charities, is proud to mark International Women’s Day, celebrating the inspirational leadership and achievements of women throughout our organisation and declaring what actions we are taking to help progress the gender equality agenda. 

OCL has five ethos statements that articulate our commitment to the communities that we are honoured to serve, all of which align with the ambition of genuine gender equality:




  • A passion to include everyone
  • A desire to treat everyone equally, respecting differences
  • A commitment to health and open relationships
  • A deep sense of hope that things can change and be transformed
  • A sense of perseverance to keep going for the long haul


Within the wider Oasis family, we are led by our global CEO Joy Madeiros who oversees all of our projects in many countries around the world as well as everything that happens here in the UK.  Our Ethos and Formation Director, Jill Rowe, inspires us to reflect on how and why we serve others through the Nine Habits, as well as our Vision and our Values. 



OCL specifically is proud that women lead over two-thirds of our forty-seven academies, including our four academies that Ofsted rate as ‘Outstanding,’ in addition to two of our Regional Directors.  Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that our most recent leadership appointment is Emily Hobson, the new Principal of Oasis Academy Warndon in Worcestershire.

The broader Oasis family of charities has a long history of fighting for the rights of women.

Oasis founders Steve and Cornelia Chalke’s first project was sheltered housing project No. 3 in Peckham in 1985, which today provides support to young, single homeless women in south London, now part of Oasis Aquila Housing.  Global movement STOP THE TRAFFIK brings together activists from all sectors of society to volunteer and work to unite to build communities that are resilient to the horrors of human trafficking. Oasis Belgium supports families and children who find themselves in squats and other dangerous areas of Brussels, while Oasis India works in eight communities across the country providing shelter and help to women and girls in danger of trafficking and abuse. 

OCL is a proud member of the Oasis family of charities, and joins with them in working for communities that are fully inclusive, that treat everyone equally, that are committed to openness, that are hopeful that things can be transformed, and that will persevere for the long haul.