- December 7, 2014
Typhoon Hagupit: Oxfam is ready with emergency assistance. We have seen in this crisis that disaster preparednesss saves lives. Oxfam is on the ground. Its rapid assessment teams, comprised of experts in livelihoods, water and sanitation, protection and gender, are ready to be deployed in affected areas. Oxfam Canada has pledged funds to support humanitarian work in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit.
- December 8, 2014
Over 30 international organizations are calling on governments meeting in Geneva on December 9th to commit to offer sanctuary to at least 5 per cent of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria by the end of 2015. More than 3 million refugees have fled from Syria to neighbouring countries.
- December 5, 2014
Efforts to contain the spread of Ebola through poorly implemented mass quarantine of communities in Sierra Leone are causing unnecessary hardship and are at risk of further spreading the deadly disease warned international agency Oxfam today.
- December 1, 2014
In a new report, Breaking the Standoff, Oxfam details how current pledges are out of step with the magnitude of need in developing countries and calls on world leaders to outline a robust new strategy to boost climate finance. Developed countries promised to mobilize $100 billion per year in climate finance by 2020, but headway in mobilizing that funding has been slow.
- November 24, 2014
Afghan women are consistently excluded from Afghanistan’s peace negotiations and formal talks about the country’s future, Oxfam said today. Unless this discrimination is reversed, peace will be unsustainable, Afghanistan’s development will be compromised, and enormous human rights gains made since the fall of the Taliban will remain under threat. In a report released today, Behind Closed Doors, Oxfam tracked 23 known peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the international community since 2005. During talks between the international community and the Taliban, not one Afghan woman had been involved.
- November 21, 2014
Oxfam Canada welcomes the Government of Canada's announced contribution of $300 million to the Green Climate Fund. These funds are essential to help people who are poor and marginalized adapt to the havoc wreacked by climate chaos that threatens to further erode food security and increase inequality.
Unfortunately, Canada’s contribution falls short of its fair share of the estimated $10 billion needed to capitalize the Fund before the next round of United Nations climate negotiations in Lima in December, which would amount to $419 million.
- November 17, 2014
Oxfam welcomes G20 commitments to reduce the gender gap in workforce participation by 25 per cent by 2025. Achieving this target will have a positive impact, but achieving gender equality will require other social and economic measures – including bridging the gender wage gap – to break the barriers to women’s full economic, social and political participation.
- November 12, 2014
G20 leaders meeting in Brisbane, Australia this weekend (15 and 16 November) are being urged to tackle rising inequality head-on or risk leaving millions of people trapped in poverty, as new figures reveal the wealth disparity in a number of G20 countries.
Oxfam’s report ahead of the G20, Turn the Tide: Why the G20 must act on rising inequality, shows that in the past year, the total wealth in the G20 increased by US $17 trillion, but the richest one per cent of people in the G20 captured a staggering US $6.2 trillion of this wealth – 36 per cent of the increase.
- November 7, 2014
"Thanks to the generosity of the Canadian government and public, Oxfam was able to provide water, improve sanitation and hygiene and support livelihood recovery for hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes and income in the typhoon. But for the long term what is also needed is global action on climate change and support to build resilience for those most at risk from climate-related disasters." Julie Delahanty, Executive Director, Oxfam Canada