A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Oxfam has been working in Pakistan since 1973. We support local partners and work with government authorities to improve the livelihoods of those living in poverty, and provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by disasters and conflict.
With an estimated 200 million inhabitants, Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world. 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas, with 24-40 percent under the poverty line, at the same time the rate of growth in Pakistan’s major urban centers is outstripping the capacity of authorities to ensure provision of basic services and fulfillment of rights. There is evidence that inequalities between the rich and poor are widening, and a complex web of structural, community and household level factors are keeping millions of people, especially women, in absolute poverty. Adding to the instability is the ongoing conflict within the country.
Oxfam in Pakistan
We focus on ensuring poor women have access to land and economic opportunity; ending violence against women; ensuring all girls have the right to a quality education; increasing resilience to disasters and climate change; and improving access to effective humanitarian assistance during emergencies.
Female literacy is the key driver of change for women’s rights. Oxfam is working to ensure equitable access to quality education for girls, particularly for those living in rural poverty where incidences of violence are also high.
We push both for fair conditions for small producers and fair prices for consumers, especially poor women, so that poor women and men have ownership or land and water resources. Our aim is that they can grow or buy enough food to eat - now and in the future.
Ending violence against women
Studies show that 80% of women in Pakistan are victims of domestic violence and one in every three women are subjected to some form of violence. Oxfam’s work focuses on national level advocacy, which includes amendments and repeals of discriminatory laws and policies denying women their fundamental rights.
Disaster risk reduction and climate change
Through our work in disaster-prone areas of the country, and advocacy with different stakeholders, we try to ensure that climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction become national and local priorities.
Humanitarian preparedness and response
Oxfam is committed to strengthening in-country humanitarian capacity to respond to disasters and supporting people to rebuild their lives and livelihoods after emergencies.