Oxfam in Southern Africa
Having fought hard for freedom from colonial and racial oppression, millions of rural poor across southern Africa, particularly women, still struggle to overcome social and economic inequality, natural disasters, and disease. They continue to fight for their rights.
Oxfam America supports the efforts of people in South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe to overcome poverty and marginalization. The inequitable distribution of resources, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS, climatic change, and political instability all contribute to poverty in the region. Except for South Africa, where 52 percent of the population lives in urban areas, 70 percent of the regional population lives in rural areas under poor social and economic conditions.