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 is there to ensure this work accelerates the momentum towards achieving gender equality and women’s rights and empowerment.
Around the world, thousands of women are standing up to climate change – and to the governments and big businesses who are allowing it to destroy the world we love.
At the conclusion of the December 4 London conference on Afghanistan, co-hosted by the UK and Afghanistan governments, Oxfam calls for sustained support for Afghanistan development and security.
Photographer Lalage Snow travelled to four provinces across Afghanistan and photographed 30 women. They all share a deep sense of hope for their children and their country's future.
Food security in southern Africa relies upon small-scale agriculture, a sector in which women take the lead. However, smallholder farmers are among the most vulnerable people to food insecurity, often lacking the resources and access needed to produce or procure adequate food.
Afghan women are consistently excluded from Afghanistan’s peace negotiations and formal talks about the country’s future. Unless this discrimination is reversed, Afghanistan’s development will be compromised, and enormous human rights gains made since the fall of the Taliban will remain under threat.
Thirteen years after the fall of the Taliban regime, there have been tangible gains for Afghan women. But many Afghan women remain highly vulnerable and more work is needed to protect them and their rights.
After decades of underinvestment, governments in Africa are turning to partnerships with donor aid agencies and large companies or investors to develop the agriculture sector. But this so-called ‘mega’ public-private partnerships are unproven, risky and represent a dubious use of public funds to fight poverty and food insecurity.
African governments are increasingly turning to partnerships with donors and multinational companies to stimulate investment in agriculture, after decades of neglect.