Sisters on the Planet
Join a movement of powerful women and men who are teaming up with Oxfam to help women around the world fight hunger, poverty, and climate change.
Oxfam America has brought together a diverse group of American women leaders as Sisters on the Planet. Our dual mission: to raise awareness about hunger, poverty, and climate change, especially as they affect women worldwide. And to create networks so that women can work together on solutions.
Through Oxfam's GROW campaign and other initiatives, we are using our influence to support women as they fight poverty and hunger now and for generations to come.
Now it's your turn.
- Sign up here. You'll become a member of Oxfam’s online community, and you'll also receive special email alerts about how to take action in support of women worldwide.
Watch. Learn. Share.
Spread the word about Sisters on the Planet by screening Oxfam's short videos, which feature Sisters on the Planet ambassadors like Joy Bryant and Frances Moore Lappé and music provided by Au Revoir Simone. Here in the US, supporters have screened videos on campus, at house parties, and between bands at benefit concerts—to name just a few venues. Each free DVD includes three versions of our short video and a booklet with more information to help you get the word out.
Since 2008, hundreds of American women leaders have joined Oxfam America as Sisters on the Planet Ambassadors. Meet a few below, or go here to see a longer list of Ambassadors.
Joy Bryant, actor
Joy Bryant (now starring in the hit TV series Parenthood) first became involved with Oxfam in February 2009, when she co-hosted a reception alongside Cosmopolitan magazine editor Kate White to raise awareness of Oxfam’s work. Bryant also represented Oxfam America at the 2009 Earth Day event on Washington, DC’s National Mall, where she spoke to over 75,000 people about the consequences of climate change for poor women worldwide. In 2010, Bryant traveled with Oxfam's Sisters on the Planet initiative to Cambodia, where she met women rice farmers who are fighting climate change and hunger in their communities.
Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Ecumenical Officer, Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc.
Rev. Girton-Mitchell is the Associate General Secretary for Justice and Advocacy for the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCC). She helps provide an active voice for social justice on behalf of the NCC's 36 Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, historic African American, and Living Peace member faith groups, which include over 45 million Americans. Rev. Girton-Mitchell is a life member of the National Council of Negro Women, the NAACP, and the Washington Urban League. She also holds membership in the National Bar Association, Washington Bar Association, and the Women's Bar Association.
Ubah Hassan, model, activist, and social entrepreneur
Hassan is the founder of Maji Umbrellas, which raises funds and awareness about the food and water crisis in the Horn of Africa. Maji donates a portion of each umbrella purchase to Oxfam’s relief work in East Africa, enough to provide a day’s supply of clean water to 20 people. Hassan's work with Oxfam via Maji Umbrellas was documented in Canadian fashion magazine Flare and awarded a “Genius Award” by Elle magazine. In June 2012, Hassan, who was born in Somalia and spent time in refugee camps in Kenya as a child, traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to learn more about Oxfam's work and meet with local partners and Somali refugees. Her visit is chronicled in the September 2012 120th anniversary issue of Vogue magazine.
Frances Moore Lappé, author
Lappé, a democracy advocate and world food and hunger expert, has authored or co-authored 17 books and was the 1987 recipient of the Right Livelihood Award. She is the co-founder of Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter, Anna Lappé. Her bestselling Diet for a Small Planet is considered “the blueprint for eating with a small carbon footprint since long before the term was coined” [JM Hirsch, Associated Press]. Frances was named the 2008 James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year. Her most recent book is Getting A Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want.
Amy Leonard, Senior Vice President, Levi’s® Brand Product Management
Leonard is the Senior Vice President of Levi’s® Brand Product Management for the Americas region, responsible for managing product sourcing for the US, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. She ensures that Levi’s® brand products not only meet the company’s rigorous quality standards, but are also produced in an environment that protects worker health and safety and meets strict environmental standards. She also serves on the Levi Strauss Foundation Board of Directors, is an Advisory Board Member of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, and works with the San Francisco Friends School.
Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam helps women and girls overcome gender discrimination, realize their potential, and become decision makers and leaders. Oxfam America is also harnessing the power of women to create political and social change through its Sisters on the Planet initiative.
Inspired by women here and abroad who are battling climate change in their communities, a diverse group of American women have joined Oxfam America as Sisters on the Planet. Since 2008, hundreds of influential Sisters have worked to raise awareness about women and climate change and to help vulnerable communities here and abroad adapt to changes in the climate.
Today, the Sisters on the Planet are raising awareness about hunger, climate change, and other crises facing women in poor countries. We are using our influence to change the unfair rules that keep women trapped in poverty. And we’re calling for a worldwide investment in women farmers, so we can fight hunger now and for generations to come.