The women of Nawoyatir village sing and dance in celebration of the arrival of clean water. Photo: Ros Goodway / Oxfam
Join us as we honor women who are righting the wrongs of poverty and hunger.
Every March 8, millions of people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. Here in the US, Oxfam supporters like you celebrate by raising awareness about women’s efforts to overcome poverty and injustice.
This International Women's Day, join in by honoring a woman in your community who is leading the fight against poverty and hunger. By shining a spotlight on women who are acting locally and helping globally, you’re showing that their actions matter—and sending a powerful message about the role of women as a force for change.
International Women's Day - March 8, 2014
On the first International Women’s Day, more than a century ago, one million women and men in five countries took to the streets to rally for women’s economic, social, and political rights. Their efforts helped women secure the right to vote and make other important gains.
International Women’s Day—which falls every year on March 8—is still celebrated as an important holiday in many countries. It’s a time to honor everyday women for their accomplishments.
In the fight to end poverty, women are on the front lines.
The way we see it, poverty is solvable—a problem rooted in injustice. To help end injustice, we must champion the rights of women and girls worldwide. Though we have made tremendous strides in the past century, women still bear the brunt of poverty:
- Women and girls account for six out of 10 of the world’s poorest people. [i]
- Women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, but earn only 10 percent of the income and own only 1 percent of the property. [i]
- One-third of the world’s girls are married before the age of 18 [i] ,reducing the years they are able to attend school.
- Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate people are women and girls. [i]
Empowered women can be a force for change in their communities and beyond—we've seen it first-hand. Through our work in more than 90 countries, Oxfam helps women and girls overcome gender discrimination, realize their potential, and assume leadership roles in their communities.
A woman’s ability to advance within any society depends on her ability to participate fully in the political, social, and economic sectors of her country and to live without fear of violence. We’re working to ensure that women are included in the decision-making processes that affect their lives, and making sure that the needs of women and girls are considered in any anti-poverty efforts.
In fact, investments in women can be transformative in the battle to reduce poverty. For example, if women farmers had the same access to resources that men do, the number of hungry people in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.[i]
So join us today as we stand with women and girls living in poverty, and honor women worldwide who are righting the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice.