Hygiene Promotion In Schools, Democratic Republic of Congo.  Photo: Eleanor Farmer

Women’s leadership is critical in efforts to address the mounting challenge of rising disasters around the world. Women are often disproportionately affected by disasters, due to gender inequality and discrimination. They frequently suffer a double trauma – both through the hazard event itself...

Act with Syria

It is four years since the start of the conflict in Syria and the crisis continues to deepen. 83% of Syria’s lights have gone out over the last four years. It is time to turn the lights back on.

Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu

"Canadians know about extreme weather" says Ann Witteveen, Oxfam Canada's Humanitarian manager. The families of Vanuatu are also familiar with the destruction mother nature can wreak – though the magnitude of this cyclone was bigger than most had ever experienced.

Cyclone Pam

Vanuatu has consistently been ranked by the World Risk Index as the country with the highest disaster risk since 2011, and despite significant investment in disaster risk reduction from government, civil society and communities in recent years, it’s clear that people in Vanuatu were unprepared...

Mariam, Syrian refugee

Mariam and her children fled Syria’s conflict two years ago. She strives to shelter, educate and feed her children. Mariam’s story is echoed in most of the settlements in Lebanon, where women make up more than half of the 1.1 million registered refugees. And more than 65% of refugee children don...

Noor, Syrian refugee

Noor, 30, fled the war in Syria with her handicapped husband and two children, a girl, 4, and a boy, 3. She is a teacher by training and has set up a school in a Syrian refugee settlement by the Mediterranean Sea, offering free classes to children. 66% of the Syrian refugee children in Lebanon...


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