Scarlett Johansson visits Oxfam’s health care, education and women’s programs

“We are delighted that Scarlett is supporting Oxfam and our work to help end global poverty”
Ashvin Dayal
Oxfam
Published: 21 February 2007

New Delhi: Actor Scarlett Johansson is currently in India with international development agency Oxfam visiting its programs with poor communities, the organization said today. Scarlett has met with children in the slums and at schools in Delhi and learned about the need for basic education, healthcare and about the issues of violence against women.

Scarlett has traveled with Oxfam to learn more about its campaigning work with poor people, how local communities in India are campaigning for change and how Western governments must be more responsive to the needs of developing countries.

Currently 100 million children are out of school worldwide; the majority of those are girls, and thousands die each day from preventable diseases. In India, 40 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys will never complete a basic education.

Oxfam’s South Asia Regional Director, Ashvin Dayal, said it was very important that Scarlett was part of the call to end poverty.

“We are delighted that Scarlett is supporting Oxfam and our work to help end global poverty,” Dayal said. “High-profile support helps us to raise awareness of these issues and urge governments and leaders worldwide to act,” Dayal said.

“Getting children into school and making sure everyone has access to basic healthcare are crucial tools in the fight against poverty.”

“In Utter Pradesh alone, 70% girls have never enrolled in a school. Despite the huge strides that have been made by the Government of India on education in recent years, India is still home to the largest out of school population in the world today.”

Oxfam International works in over a 100 countries to overcome poverty and suffering through development work and campaigning on development issues.

Key Facts:

  • One billion people live day after day without clean water, and two billion without a basic toilet.

  • Diarrhea, a disease of dirty water, is the biggest killer of under-fives in poor countries, resulting in 6,000 preventable deaths each day.

  • In New Delhi, India, only one per cent of connections have 24-hour water supply.

  • Indians living below US$1 per day: 34.7% (and 2 in 3 people live on less than $2 a day).

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:
Aditi Kapoor at +91 9810306200 or
akapoor@oxfam.org.uk, or
Caroline Green at +91 9971035198.