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16 year old Eba'a Hamouda is one of the young people in Gaza being helped by Oxfam's partner, the Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA). Photo: Oxfam

Failing Gaza: undrinkable water, no access to toilets and little hope on the horizon

Palestinians in Gaza remember a time when almost everyone could drink clean water from the tap. Now less than four percent of fresh water is drinkable and the surrounding sea is polluted by sewage. Yet the international community is failing to do enough to protect the health and dignity of almost 2 million people who have nowhere else to go. Read the story.

Hoan works in a farment factory in North Vietnam, where she works on average 62 hours each week, earning around $1 an hour.

Why the majority of the world’s poor are women

Despite some important progress in recent years, in no country have women achieved economic equality with men, and women are still more likely than men to live in poverty. Gender inequality in work costs women in developing countries $9 trillion a year – a sum which would provide a massive boost to the global economy.

Domestic workers are able to gain access to education, training and better opportunities for their careers through the National Advocacy Network of the Domestic Workers or Jaringan Advokasi Nasional Pekerja Rumah Tangga. Photo: Andi Cipta Asmawaty/Oxfam

Inequality in Indonesia: millions kept in poverty

In the past two decades, the gap between the richest and the rest in Indonesia has grown faster than in any other country in South-East Asia. What does this mean for ordinary people? Meet Maryam and Darmin, who are fighting for a better future for them and their families.

Aisha is an IDP from Haradh, living with her family in Borman village in Abs district – Hajjah.

Daily life, a struggle for survival in Yemen

In Yemen, everyday life goes from bad to worse. The conflict that escalated in March 2015 has left nearly 19 million people - 70 per cent of the population – in need of humanitarian aid - the greatest number in any country in the world. The economy has been shattered, pushing the basics beyond the reach of many.

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