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Oxfam Online Shop launches Gender Pay Gap Sale

7th Mar 2016

Oxfam's Online Shop is discounting selected items of men's, women's and children's clothing by 13.9% - representing the gap between men and women's pay in the UK - to mark International Women's Day tomorrow.

The sale, which includes over 10,000 items, will run from tomorrow, 8 March, until Friday 11 March. People can hunt for bargains at www.oxfam.org.uk/shop.

Fee Gilfeather, Head of Marketing for Oxfam Trading, said: "This one-off, four-day sale will offer customers to Oxfam's Online Shop a discount of 13.9% - the same as the average gender pay gap in the UK. It is important to get the message across that women in Britain and around the world still earn less than men and highlight the inequality that women face. We're launching this quirky sale to raise awareness and get people talking about this inequality."

While some progress has been made towards equality between women and men around the world, the pace of change has been too slow and the gap remains unacceptably wide. Globally, the average gender pay gap is 24 per cent. At the current rate, it will take 118 years for the gender pay gap around the world to be closed. 

The gender pay gap is just one example of discrimination that is holding women back around the world. Oxfam argues only when women are unlimited can poverty be undone for everyone.

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For more information, contact Sophie Bowell, sbowell@oxfam.org.uk / +44 (0)7810 814980

Notes to editors: 

13.9% is the current gap between men and women for full time workers in Britain according to The Fawcett Society (mean figure).


International Women's Day - Oxfam events:

Oxfam Presents: Women Stand Up

Tuesday 8 March 2016, Leicester Square Theatre, London

For the first time Oxfam is hosting Women Stand Up featuring some of the UK's funniest comedians including Luisa Omielan, Tiff Stevenson, Shazia Mirza, Zoe Lyons, Mae Martin and Lou Sanders. Tickets cost £20 and all sales will all go to help fund Oxfam's work with women: fighting poverty, combating violence against women and girls, and supporting women to gain their rights.  www.oxfam.org.uk/womenstandup  

Oxfam Photography Exhibition: Women Unlimited 
8-13 March 2016, 11am-6pm (free entry), Old Truman Brewery, London

Oxfam has teamed up with acclaimed photo agency Magnum Photos for the exhibition 'Women Unlimited' to highlight Oxfam's work with women around the world. Curated by Lauren Heinz, the exhibition features images from leading female Magnum photographers Bieke Depoorter, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Olivia Arthur, Newsha Tavakolian who visited Oxfam projects in Chad, Armenia, Sri Lanka and Wales. The result is a remarkable collection of stories - and a stark reminder of women's unlimited potential to end poverty.

Oxfam's Online Shop 

Oxfam Online Shop is the UK's biggest charity shop with thousands of unique treasures all in one place, from the Oxfam Unwrapped range of charity gifts to more than 100,000 unique second-hand items. There are over 50,000 books, more than 23,000 women's clothing and accessories items, 13,000 music products, films and video games and 6,000 items of homewares and collectibles. Oxfam shops across the country upload new items to the site every day, and volunteers at two central hubs, based in Milton Keynes and Batley, Yorkshire, upload thousands of new items a week. www.oxfam.org.uk/shop

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