Whenever and wherever we work with poor communities, we make sure that we consult and include women at every stage. Men are indispensable allies in this.
With an education under their belt, a whole generation of girls will have opportunities that their mothers never had. With literacy comes confidence and the chance to earn more money, become self-sufficient - and speak out against violence.
With laws and systems that guarantee better health care, fewer women will die in childbirth, and fewer children will die from easily preventable diseases.
With loans, seeds, tools, better farming techniques and business training, more women will be able to grow more food, and sew, craft, and make goods that they can market themselves.
And in emergencies, taking care of women's specific needs is vital for ensuring survival, good health and dignity. Employing their skills and knowledge makes communities more effective in recovering from disasters.
Our vision is that by focusing on women's rights, many more women will gain power over their lives.
In the past few decades we have seen the role and status of women change in many communities and countries around the world. Despite the many, often daunting challenges that lie ahead, there are many success stories:
Like Yemma Gharti. Yemma lives in one of the poorest and most remote regions of Nepal. Rainfall in the region is temperamental and unreliable, and Yemma struggled to feed her family. With training, seeds, and loans for tools, Yemma and her neighbours dug a community pond to irrigate their fields and are now growing plenty of nutritious vegetables. What's more, Yemma is taking advantage of the Oxfam-funded literacy classes and her self-esteem has never been higher.