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  • Given that this was an unprecedented crisis it is not surprising those involved in the aid effort learnt as they went along. At Oxfam we struggled in the early part of the crisis to try to balance the need to protect our staff and deliver what people needed, and we had to adapt our work rapidly to help make a difference.

  • One of the most pervasive forms of inequality, in Canada and internationally, is gender inequality. In Canada, women still earn 20% less than their male peers. Globally, that it will take another 75 years to achieve equal pay for equal work. The destructive trend of growing inequality is not inevitable. It is entirely optional, the reflection of policy choices. The CCPA budget released today shows a path forward where inequality of all kinds would be substantively reduced.

  • Oxfam is on the ground in Vanuatu, assessing the damage and providing life-saving assistance. The first emergency was Cyclone Pam, disease could be the second emergency without clean water, sanitation and hygiene provision.

  • Oxfam Humanitarian Emergency responders are flying to Vanuatu this morning on an Australian Government plane, as the unconfirmed death toll in the small archipelago begins to climb and worse than worst case scenario unfolds. There are more than 100,000 people likely homeless, more than 90% of houses damaged in Port Vila alone, nearly every school destroyed, full evacuation centres, damage to health facilities and the morgue.

  • Stories of complete devastation are beginning to come out of Vanuatu in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Pam. After a last minute change of course to the west Cyclone Pam made a direct hit on Vanuatu last night, tearing through the archipelago with winds of up to 250kmh. Oxfam is now preparing to respond to what is likely one of the worst cyclones ever seen in the Pacific region.

  • Three of Canada’s largest humanitarian aid agencies, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision, today released a scathing critique of how the United Nations Security Council has failed to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Syria amid intensifying conflict four years after the start of the crisis.

  • “Today’s report on the impact of growing income inequality on Canada’s fiscal policy framework is another in a steady stream of studies and statistics that paint a picture of growing inequality around the world. As Oxfam’s January report indicated, we will soon live in a world where 1% of the richest people will have more wealth than the rest of humanity combined. In Canada, 10% of Canadians have more wealth than the bottom 70%."

  • As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we need to turn the genuine awakening triggered by stories of scandal and violence in Canada this past autumn into meaningful change for women and girls everywhere. More than 17,000,000 Canadian women and girls are ready for a conversation and for concrete, courageous steps to end violence against women once and for all.  Read Julie Delahanty's op-ed to mark International Women's Day.

  • "As we mark International Women’s Day on March 8, there is much to be celebrated and a great deal of work yet to be done to ensure women’s rights are respected in Canada and around the world," says Julie Delahanty, Oxfam Canada's Executive Director

  • "Left unchecked, extreme inequality will reverse progress in the fight against poverty and deepen gender discrimination," says Julie Delahanty, Oxfam Canada's Executive Director. Oxfam Canada and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives are holding a public forum on women's rights and inequality on March 4th in Vancouver.

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