Celebrating Sisterhood

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Rownak Ara Haque, Shahnaj Parvin, and Shamim Ara Begum represent Pollisree, Oxfam's long-term partner in Bangladesh. Pollisree and Oxfam are working together on a project called Creating Spaces that aims to reduce violence against women and girls and help change the attitudes, behaviors, and systems that perpetuate violence against women and girls. Photo: Abir Abdullah/Oxfam

The pandemic is pushing women to a breaking point. It's time to join forces with our sisters and help them lead the recovery from this pandemic.

This year challenged us in new and unexpected ways, exposing many hard truths about inequities around the world. Women have demonstrated incredible strength as they’ve had to keep their families, businesses, and communities from falling apart. And women still stand on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, and community organizers. Now, a year into this pandemic, it’s becoming clear that women have been pushed to their limits and are overworked, overtired, and underappreciated.

Throughout Women’s History Month, Oxfam is championing the women who have led us, inspired us, and worked hard for us. We are lifting up the sisterhood that supports and recognizes women as changemakers in their communities.

Women's equality

International Women's Day

March 8 marks International Women’s Day (IWD), a day that acknowledges the strides women and gender-diverse people have made as a group and the accomplishments of individuals. It is also a moment to pledge to continue pushing for gender justice.

Oxfam's gender justice work

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. When you join us in celebrating women changemakers, you’re playing a vital role in these efforts.

The women and girls changing the world

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In Solidarity: Stories of sisterhood

For March Women's History Month, Oxfam staff, Sisters on the Planet ambassadors, and partners share what sisterhood means to them and how the pandemic has shifted their understanding of their relationships to other women.

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Honoring women changemakers

Meet some of the women Oxfam works with who are leading the charge for equal rights and representation around the globe.

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'She is afraid of nothing'

Danger—from hurricanes, earthquakes, and violence to COVID-19—is a daily fact of life in El Salvador, but women like Morena del Carmen De León Martínez are making a difference.

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Black history is our history

A look at Black women who have transformed the world through their pursuit of political power and activism

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