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Women and gender justice

Ending the injustice of poverty must include helping women defend their basic rights, earn a living, and live free from violence.

Across the world, women are rising to overcome long-held and deeply-entrenched gender prejudices that prevent us all from achieving true progress. Oxfam stands alongside women in their fight to reclaim power, live free from violence, and influence policies and institutions that affect their futures.

We believe that women—and people of all gender identities—should have the right to play an equal role in shaping the policies, structures, and decisions that affect their lives and society as a whole.


Addressing gender-specific needs in emergencies

Oxfam provides immediate relief in humanitarian crises that cause women to move themselves and their families to safety and threaten their wellbeing in unique ways. Taking care of women's specific needs is vital to ensuring survival, good health, and dignity. This includes making sure women have a say in the decisions that affect them and their families.


Raising women’s voices

Global inequality is rooted in the absence of women’s voices in decision-making, whether at home, in their neighborhoods, courtrooms, governments, or boardrooms. When women are in decision-making spaces, the results are powerful. Oxfam works with women to raise their voices as active citizens in their own communities, to step into leadership roles and to speak out against harmful laws and policies.

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Supporting women’s economic empowerment

Women's economic empowerment is fundamental to women's ability to move out of poverty. In the US and abroad, Oxfam supports women in their fight to gain equal access to resources like land and credit, to receive equal pay for decent work, and to lessen the burden of unpaid domestic work. When a woman is paid a fair living wage and has safe and decent working conditions, this benefits her family and her community.

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Ending violence against women and girls

At least one in three women will experience some form of violence in their lifetimes. Violence against women and girls not only devastates women’s lives and divides communities, it also undermines development efforts and the building of strong democracies and just, peaceful societies. Oxfam works with partners in over 40 countries to prevent violence against women by changing laws, challenging cultural norms, and offering support to survivors.


Mobilizing powerful women in the US

Oxfam America’s Sisters on the Planet represent a diverse group of American women who are leaders in everything from business, to politics to art. Together, Sisters on the Planet use their collective influence to shape policy debates on issues that affect women and girls.

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In praise of moms, our unsung heroes

This Mother’s Day, with so many women pulling double duty because of the coronavirus, we honor moms around the world and the work they put into making us who we are.

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