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COVID-19: Not the
Great Equalizer

A proposal to combat injustice and save lives

We are living through a crisis that touches all of humanity in an unprecedented way. As governments and organizations around the world race to curb the spread of the coronavirus and stem its economic fallout, we find ourselves on the frontlines fighting to keep our loved ones safe while supporting our friends and neighbors.

Oxfam’s mission to save lives and end the injustice of poverty everywhere has never been more urgent. In order to end this crisis, we must fight for everyone, and we must fight together.

We are asking you to consider a donation to Oxfam's COVID-19 Fund. Your support will make a powerful statement, telling people globally that you are with them in this fight, and that you believe a more just and equal future is possible.

We know from our experience fighting Ebola that with rapid action this disease can be stopped. But we must act now and on a scale never seen before.

José María Vera
Oxfam International

The COVID-19 pandemic imperils the lives of billions of people around the globe, and the economic fallout threatens to push 500 million more people into poverty. By the end of the year, as many as 12,000 people could die each day as a result of hunger linked to COVID-19.

We won’t accept any loss of life as inevitable. Working hand in hand with 438 partners in 66 countries–—and driven forward by a powerful network of supporters like you—we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and meet the urgent needs of people at risk.

We won’t return to the status quo. Unequal systems concentrate wealth and power in the hands of the few and as a result trap millions of people in poverty–—making them especially vulnerable in a crisis like the one we face today. Leveraging Oxfam’s influence and experience advocating with community partners, we will serve a rising global movement for real and lasting change.

Together we have what it takes to save lives in this crisis and to build a more equitable, more just world for the future.


Saving Lives


Shifting the Power to Local Leaders

Millions of marginalized people are struggling to stay afloat, stay healthy, and survive. Now is not time for half-measures and incremental tweaks. Now is the time for decisive and audacious action to build fairer, more sustainable economies.

Abby Maxman
Oxfam America

Influencing for an Equitable Response and a Better Future

A Gender-Just Response

Oxfam in Afghanistan

Gender Spotlight: Impacts of COVID-19 in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, women have fought for years against laws and cultural norms that prevent them from working or even leaving home without a male relative. In recent years they had begun to see real changes that gave women greater autonomy and mobility. COVID-19 is now reversing that progress by decreasing women’s access to paid work, increasing the burden of unpaid care, and preventing women from participating in social movements. People interviewed in a gender analysis in Afghanistan told Oxfam they fear the backslide will become permanent. They also warn that women are more likely to go hungry as poverty and food insecurity rise, and are less likely to receive preventative healthcare care, coronavirus testing, or medical attention if they become ill. In another assessment, 97% of female respondents from over 600 households said that domestic violence had already increased since the outbreak of COVID-19. From these assessments, Oxfam made specific recommendations and is working with partners to address the gendered impacts of COVID-19 in Afghanistan. For example, we are supporting partner Organisation for Human Welfare (OHW) to expand the reach of their hotline which provides counseling support and information on gender-based violence. Noting an increasing number of calls from men experiencing anxiety and distress, OHW also added more male counselors to better support men in processing these feelings safely and nonviolently.

Learn more about our gender analysis in Afghanistan

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