Lauren Laverne, Cherry Healey and celebrity friends Get Together for Oxfam’s work with women around the world

Posted by Georgia Best Senior PR Manager

9th Jan 2013

Tuesday 8th January - Lauren Laverne and Cherry Healey were joined by celebrity friends including Gizzi Erskine, Grace Dent, Sharon Horgan and Grace Woodward for a girls' night out to launch Oxfam's Get Together for International Women's Day, which raises money to support women living in poverty worldwide.

The launch party was all about inspiring ideas for Get Together events and encouraging women to get planning for International Women's Day on 8th March.  An Oxfam Get Together can be absolutely anything; from cocktails or a movie night at home, to a killer quiz with colleagues or even just a cuppa with friends. 

Get Together supporter Lauren Laverne said: "An Oxfam Get Together is brilliantly simple.  Just do something fun with the people you love spending time with - and raise some money at the same time.  Last year I had a Mad Hatter's tea party with some of my best mates."

The majority of people living in poverty are women.  Get Together raises money for Oxfam's work transforming the lives of women around the world who are experiencing poverty, discrimination, domestic violence and a lack of education.  Oxfam helps women reclaim their rights and make their voices heard; from helping girls access schools in Burkina Faso to supporting women farmers in Ethiopia to become entrepreneurs and provide for their families.

Speaking about her recent trip to Ethiopia with Oxfam, Cherry Healey said: "Meeting some of the women who have benefited from Oxfam's work in Ethiopia was incredibly inspiring.  It's fantastic to see how empowered they are by being able to run their own honey farms.  As a woman, holding a Get Together with friends to mark International Women's Day feels really important.  We should support women around the world."

Get Together is one of the UK's largest celebrations of International Women's Day - which is a national holiday in a number of countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Russia and Zambia.  Last year, thousands of people took part in Get Together events across the UK.  Oxfam hopes even more women and men will hold Get Togethers in 2013.

To find out how to put on an Oxfam Get Together for International Women's Day visit www.oxfam.org.uk/gettogether

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For further media information, pictures and celebrity interviews contact Georgia Best in the Oxfam press office on 01865 472375 / gbest@oxfam.org.uk

Notes to editors

Statistics about women globally:

  • Every day, 800 women die from pregnancy-related causes.  Over 99% of these deaths are in developing countries - and most are avoidable.1
  • In Northern Africa, more than three-quarters (79%) of the children not in school are girls.2
  • Globally, women occupy only 25% of senior management positions.2
  • Violence against women is responsible for more deaths and disability of women aged 15-44 globally than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.3

About Oxfam: 

Oxfam is a global humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation working with others to overcome poverty and suffering.  Oxfam is now working in 55 countries on a diverse range of projects, from providing emergency water sources to supporting community health projects.  Women are at the heart of all Oxfam's work.  Oxfam has more than 700 high street shops across the UK selling donated fashion, books, music, homewares and new ethical products.  It is supported by a workforce of 22,000 volunteers.  Oxfam GB is affiliated to Oxfam International, a global confederation of 17 independent Oxfams which share the same purpose. To find out more visit www.oxfam.org.uk

1.     World Bank, World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance, 2012

2.     The Millennium Development Goals Report 2012

     3.     UN Women Violence Against Women Prevalence Data, 2011

 

Blog post written by Georgia Best

Senior PR Manager

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