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  • Extreme inequality is a defining issue of our time. 80 richest people own as much wealth as 3.5 billion poorest people.

  • The explosion in inequality is holding back the fight against global poverty according to a new Oxfam report, Wealth: Having it all and wanting more, the combined wealth of the richest 1 per cent will overtake that of the other 99 per cent of humanity next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked. The report was released today ahead of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

  • The impact of economic inequality on other inequalities, particularly between men and women, is profound. If the status quo were to continue unabated, it would take 75 years before the world’s women are paid the same as men. In Canada, women continue to make 20 per cent less than their male counterparts for the same work." Part of the inequality problem was originally published in Embassy News on January 14, 2015 embassynews.ca

  • Five years ago on 12 January, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 220,000 people, injuring more than 330,000 others and reducing great swaths of the city to rubble. Thanks to the incredible outpouring of support from the public and governments around the word, Oxfam helped more than half a million survivors with a range of support that included clean water and sanitation services, shelter, and income-generating opportunities.

  • A new GlobeScan poll shows increases in perceived seriousness of poverty and homelessness. The GlobeScan poll of 24,000 citizens across 24 countries, including Canada, shows the abiding strength of people’s concerns about poverty and their perceptions of economic unfairness.

  • Campaigners hailed a “huge victory” as after more than a decade of campaigning, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) today becomes international law at last. Oxfam has worked with the Control Arms coalition to make this treaty a reality. Unfortunately, Canada has yet to sign or ratify even though Canada voted in favour of the treaty in April last year.

  • Ten years on, the Indian Ocean Tsunami response reveals how people in crises can be helped by timely funding. The unprecedented generosity to help people hit by the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 saved lives and gave affected people the means to make a genuine long-term recovery.

  • Oxfam Canada welcomes the passing of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act. The Act requires oil, mining and gas companies to report annually on taxes, royalties and payment made to governments. Oxfam now calls on the government to ensure that any resulting regulations or administrative documents only add to the transparency requirements of the sector.

  • Oxfam Canada welcomes today’s announcement restoring diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. The resilience of Cuba’s citizens and Cuba’s commitment to an economic path that prioritizes poverty reduction has been a notable achievement under extremely challenging conditions.

  • “Negotiators have managed to get the boat in the water from Lima’s shores without sinking, but choppy seas are ahead before they reach Paris,” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International. “This outcome can only be read as a call to action for people around the world."

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