International Women's Day 2012

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International Women's Day (8th March) has been celebrating the achievements of women for over 100 years. This year, Oxfam is amplifying the voices of women small scale farmers and producers, so that their rights to equality and self-empowerment are realized.

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    30 July, 2014, 16:34 BST
    3 minutes is all you need to make the right call
    Listen: we need your help.General Mills just committed to setting targets to reduce emissions, participate in real climate advocacy, and become a true climate leader. ...
  • Make a Big Noise for Climate Action

    7 July, 2014, 10:21 BST
    Join 24 hours of global action and send a big noise online to Kellogg and General Mills!Can you hear that? Oxfam supporters have taken over half a million actions to get companies to improve their policies on land, gender, and climate change. Doesn’t it sound like music to your ears? Now together we need to act again.
  • What’s really in your morning bowl of cereal?

    1 July, 2014, 8:00 BST
    What’s really in your morning bowl of cereal?
    Palm oil is everywhere, in food and everyday items you don’t even realize. It’s in your morning bowl of cereal, your afternoon biscuits, your dinner pizza, in soap and even in the biodiesel that fuels your car. And sadly, in many places, it comes with human and environmental costs. To find out why, I recently joined an Oxfam field trip to Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer. We wanted...
  • ‘Have faith in Syrian women. We can do anything.’

    25 June, 2014, 15:03 BST
    ‘Have faith in Syrian women. We can do anything.’
    Jenny Enarsson, Oxfam's Syria crisis response gender advisor, explains why including Syria's women in negotiations is critical for the peace process.
  • The golden goal of a lifetime: 5 step plan for Jose Mourinho to help beat hunger

    21 June, 2014, 9:45 BST
    The golden goal of a lifetime: 5 step plan for Jose Mourinho to help beat hunger
    Jose Mourinho has the opportunity to score the golden goal of a lifetime! Is he ready to take his game through a 5 step plan to beat the keeper and score against hunger?Jose Mourinho’s new role is probably the most meaningful of his life time. As the new UN Global Ambassador Against Hunger he has an opportunity to score against climate change - the single biggest threat to beating hunger...

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  • Women queuing for their charcoal vouchers
    Women queuing for their charcoal vouchers

    Women queuing for their charcoal vouchers

    Oxfam International | 9 Jul, 2014

    Oxfam has been distributing charcoal in the camps in Juba. It is unsafe for the residents of the camp to leave to collect firewood so they have been struggling to cook food due to lack of fuel.

    Oxfam has reached 263,000 people in South Sudan with aid in the past 6 months.

    - Distributed food to 175, 000 people in Mingkaman (Awerial) and Jonglei state.
    - 2,324 charcoal vouchers distributed in UN House in Juba and 10,376 milling vouchers distributed.
    - WASH: We have reached 180,000 people with latrines, clean and safe water, public health promotion and more. This includes 23,000 as part of our cholera response.

    Please donate www.oxfam.org/helpsouthsudan

    Photo: Kieran Doherty/ Oxfam, May 2014

  • South Sudan, Juba, February 2014. IDP's is South Sudan find a safe shelter at the UN compound in Juba, the UN House IDP Camp.
    South Sudan, Juba, February 2014. IDP's is South Sudan find a safe shelter at the UN compound in Juba, the UN House IDP Camp.

    South Sudan, Juba, February 2014. IDP's is South Sudan find a safe shelter at the UN compound in Juba, the UN House IDP Camp.

    Oxfam International | 17 Feb, 2014

    IDP's in South Sudan find a safe shelter at the UN compound in Juba, the UN House IDP Camp. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures

  • UN House IDP Camp, Juba
    UN House IDP Camp, Juba

    UN House IDP Camp, Juba

    Oxfam International | 18 Feb, 2014

    South Sudan, Juba, February 2014. IDP’s in South Sudan find a safe shelter at the UN compound in Juba, the UN House IDP Camp.
    Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures

  • IDP's find a safe shelter at the UN compound store, Juba
    IDP's find a safe shelter at the UN compound store, Juba

    IDP's find a safe shelter at the UN compound store, Juba

    Oxfam International | 17 Feb, 2014

    South Sudan, Juba, February 2014 - The rainy season has come early to South Sudan. Rain has forced these Internally displaced families to find safe shelter in the store-house, at the UN compound in Juba (UN House IDP Camp).

    The rains can destroy or make inhabitable the make-shift homes and tents set up around the camp. In addition, fear for cholera has arisen.

    More onOxfam's humanitarian response to the conflict in South Sudan

    Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures

  • Plaiting hair at UN House, Juba
    Plaiting hair at UN House, Juba

    Plaiting hair at UN House, Juba

    Oxfam International | 17 Feb, 2014

    South Sudan, Juba, February 2014. IDP’s is South Sudan find a safe shelter at the UN compound in Juba, the UN House IDP Camp.
    Name: Anna Nyanhial and Regina Nyalang Age: 26 and 28
    Location: UN House
    Origin: Gudele Residence: Juba Oxfam Support: WaterContext: Ann’s eyes squint as she expertly draws a line on Regina Nyajangs head with her wooden comb. She then applies some hair on the scalp before separating the hair into three sections and plaiting it. Regina shows no signs of discomfort. She just smiles and her chosen style starts to take shape on her head. Her long dark hair looks like freshly harvested honey – rich and thick.Anne: ‘I’ve been here for two months. I came here with my family and there are seven of us in the tent. So far, life is not bad. There is water, food and charcoal. It could be worse. The only concern I have is diseasesspreading to the children. The camp is not very clean. My hopes are for the conflict to end and for us to go home in peace - to get back to our lives.Regina:"I hope to go home soon, in peace. The camp is secure and there is food and water, but it’s not home."
    Photo: Petterik wiggers/hollandse hoogte

  • Nyoruop is balancing a large sisal sack on her head
    Nyoruop is balancing a large sisal sack on her head

    Nyoruop is balancing a large sisal sack on her head

    Oxfam International | 17 Feb, 2014

    Nyoruop is balancing a large sisal sack on her head. It contains grain that will feed her family. IDP's in South Sudan find a safe shelter at the UN compound in Juba, the UN House IDP Camp. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures

  • Woman carrying a sisal bag, UN  House, Juba.
    Woman carrying a sisal bag, UN  House, Juba.

    Woman carrying a sisal bag, UN House, Juba.

    Oxfam International | 17 Feb, 2014

    South Sudan, Juba, February 2014. IDP’s in South Sudan find a safe shelter at the UN compound in Juba, the UN House IDP Camp. A woman carries a sisal bag. It contains grain that will feed her family.
    The stores behind her were once used by the UN for storage, now IDP's are using them as a temporary roof.
    foto: Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures

  • Nadia, 25, training at the Kabul Police Academy
    Nadia, 25, training at the Kabul Police Academy

    Nadia, 25, training at the Kabul Police Academy

    Oxfam International | 11 Sep, 2013

    Nadia is 25 and has been training at the Kabul police academy for 5 months. She will be working at a checkpoint in Kabul city when she graduates.

    Often shunned by their communities and even their families, the stigma facing Afghanistan’s policewomen has even led to women being killed because of their work. Recruiting more women into the police force—and eroding the current stigma associated with female policing—is critical for the safety of Afghan women and the increased stability of Afghanistan.

    Alongside Afghan organization Research Institute of Women, Peace and Security (RIWPS), Oxfam is working on a national campaign highlighting the need and value of policewomen in the community.

    Read her story:www.oxfam.org/en/development/afghanistan/women-police-fig...

    Photo: Ellie Kealey/Oxfam

  • Safia Bhatti, teaching assistant, Pakistan
    Safia Bhatti, teaching assistant, Pakistan

    Safia Bhatti, teaching assistant, Pakistan

    Oxfam International | 24 Jul, 2013

    Safia has been a temporary teacher at the school for one month.

    'I am very thankful to Oxfam/ IRC for helping me to earn money. The salary is helping me to contribute to my family, I can buy clothes for me and my child– I have one baby who is seven months.'

    'I have hopes that my daughter will get even better education than me, that she grows up and wants to be an engineer or doctor.'

    More on Oxfam's response to thePakistan's weak education system

    Photo: Irina Werning/Oxfam

  • Shamshad Emandio (7), student in Pakistan
    Shamshad Emandio (7), student in Pakistan

    Shamshad Emandio (7), student in Pakistan

    Oxfam International | 24 Jul, 2013

    Shamshad would like to be a teacher when she is older.

    “I like school a lot, I like to study and play especially hide and seek game.”
    “My parents are happy and say it is good to go to school.”

    More on Oxfam's response to thePakistan's weak education system

    Photo: Irina Werning/Oxfam

  • Shazia Bhatti (11), student in Pakistan
    Shazia Bhatti (11), student in Pakistan

    Shazia Bhatti (11), student in Pakistan

    Oxfam International | 24 Jul, 2013

    Shazia has five sisters and two brothers. She and her family were displaced during the floods and went to Shahdadkot -the family is split because her parents are not able to work. They are both literate but they don't have jobs.

    'In the floods my school was destroyed, the plaster was all falling off and it was dangerous. My father was not happy for me to go to school there as it was far to walk there. I spent almost one year not at school.'

    'Some of my friends come to school but some don't. Many drop out as their fathers do not allow them to come. They should come and continue their studies and be educated.But now there is a new school there will be more space to study. Some fathers will not send their daughters because boys are not good, and the school wasn't secure before, they were worried about them.'

    More on Oxfam's response to thePakistan's weak education system

    Photo: Irina Werning/Oxfam

  • Safia and Hameeda teach a class
    Safia and Hameeda teach a class

    Safia and Hameeda teach a class

    Oxfam International | 24 Jul, 2013

    Oxfam is funding (and working alongside IRC local partners) to help improve the quality of education provided and encourage more families to send their girls to get an education. Direct improvements in flood affected areas of Sindh (including in Sanjar Bhatti village) include; training teachers, providing learning materials and increasing enrolement. Child clubs have also been set up, at the girls school in Sanjar Bhatti members of the club are already learning about how to improve their families hygiene, the importance of keeping their houses clean, washing hands etc.

    More on Oxfam's response to thePakistan's weak education system

    Photo: Irina Werning/Oxfam

  • A young woman walks across the Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia
    A young woman walks across the Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia

    A young woman walks across the Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia

    Oxfam International | 5 Mar, 2009

    A young woman walks across the Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia. There are still over a million refugees from Somalia in neighboring countries.

    Photo: Petterik Wiggers

    Read more:www.oxfam.org/en/somalia

  • Collecting clean water from a tap stand, eastern DRC
    Collecting clean water from a tap stand, eastern DRC

    Collecting clean water from a tap stand, eastern DRC

    Oxfam International | 27 Nov, 2012

    Collecting clean water from a tap stand.

    Recent fighting between M23 rebels and Congolese Government soldiers forced thousands of people, already displaced by years of fighting, to flee their homes again.

    Map of some of the many rebel groups in eastern DRC, as of November 2012:pinterest.com/pin/223702306462492869/

    More on Oxfam's humanitarian response to thecrisis in Democratic Republic of Congo

    Photo: Kate Holt/Oxfam, November 2012

  • Celebration as Martha Mwasu Waziri wins Mama Shujaa wa Chakula 2012 (Female Food Hero).
    Celebration as Martha Mwasu Waziri wins Mama Shujaa wa Chakula 2012 (Female Food Hero).

    Celebration as Martha Mwasu Waziri wins Mama Shujaa wa Chakula 2012 (Female Food Hero).

    Oxfam International | 17 Oct, 2012

    Martha Mwasu Waziri is Mama Shujaa wa Chakula 2012 (Female Food Hero). She wins 10 million Tanzanian Shillings ($6,325) to buy farming equipment of her choice.

    Martha is from Dodoma Region where using environmental protection methods, she learnt from Inades Formation, she has managed to reclaim 18 acre of land that had been eroded by a river. Now it is productive farm land. With the increasing environmental pressures from climate change and over use of land we will need many more heroes like Martha who can literally save our land.

    Martha says she wants to share the knowledge she gained during the last weeks with Mama Shujaa wa Chakula and she dreams of turning her farm into a demonstration farm to show others what can be done. She also wants to build a structure to use for her youth work in the village.

    More on theFemale Food Heroes project.

    JoinOxfam's GROW Campaignto ensure we all have enough to eat, always.

  • Assam floods: Community gathering
    Assam floods: Community gathering

    Assam floods: Community gathering

    Oxfam International | 21 Jul, 2012

    The community in Morigaon is gathering for an Oxfam relief distribution after the floods in Assam, India.

    Incessant monsoon rains have caused one of the worst floods in the last 14 years in the state of Assam in India, with 2.4 million people affected. Half a million people have been displaced.

    Oxfam India is responding with:

    - Water and sanitation
    - Public health
    - Emergency food security
    - Shelter support

    Working with UNICEF and local partners, we aim to reach more than 80,000 people in Morigaon, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Jorhat and Golaghat.

    Photo: Oxfam India

  • Training session with a local women's committee in Bweru, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Training session with a local women's committee in Bweru, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Training session with a local women's committee in Bweru, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Oxfam International | 29 Feb, 2012

    In Bweru town, a training session focusing on HIV/AIDS and SGBV (sexual and gender based violence), is underway. 15 members of a local women’s committee are taking part.

    Photo: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

    Read more:
    Oxfam's work in the DRC

  • Basket making in Mugunga, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Basket making in Mugunga, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Basket making in Mugunga, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Oxfam International | 6 Mar, 2012

    The Centre Communautaire Polyvalent Buholo in Mugunga, Goma, is a training center come meeting place that offers counseling sessions as well as training– many (but not all) beneficiaries are victims of sexual violence. Beneficiaries come to learn new skills such as sewing, tailoring and, basket making.

    Photo: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

    Read more:
    Oxfam's work in the DRC

  • Mexico mujeres rurales - Esther 2
    Mexico mujeres rurales - Esther 2

    Mexico mujeres rurales - Esther 2

    Oxfam International | 28 Jan, 2012

    Photo: Ivan Muñoz/Oxfam

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