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.
In Myanmar, the garment industry is growing rapidly, providing jobs for around 300,000 workers. However, workers expressed concern about low wages, long hours and safety issues in a research conducted by Oxfam. Read Ei Yin Mon's story.
This summary of recent Oxfam research in Morocco, Kenya, Malawi, Vietnam and Myanmar paints a picture of workers, mostly women, who are working hard but trapped in poverty producing food and garments for consumers.
What are the barriers to ensuring that a living wage is paid, and what are the root causes of low wages?
Oxfam’s Ethical Trading Manager, Rachel Wilshaw said “A year after the tragedy at Rana Plaza, the fight for better working conditions and pay for garment workers in countries like