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Rukia Cornelius

“EQUAL – Championing Civic Space” Manager at Oxfam Novib


Rukia is committed to anti-oppression work toward individual and collective care and wellbeing. Her organising centre’s a worker-class struggle, she believes in the power of those most disenfranchised to lead the fight toward lived freedom for all.  Over the past 25 years, she has initiated and or been part of several movements. Held Head of Programmes, Head of Operations and Executive Director positions across social justice sectors both in South Africa and internationally.  Holding a feminist political economy analysis, her work has most directly involved Access to Health for All, Health Financing, Feminist Economic Justice, Dignified work for women, Care, Food Sovereignty, Women’s Land Rights and Climate Justice.  Rukia is an experienced facilitator and enjoys developing learning resources – such as a recently co-created Feminist Influencing Basket of Resources.

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