Ibaado Mohamed Internally Displaced Peoples representative and coordinator in Somalia. Image: Petterik Wiggers / Oxfam Novib
When all women get fair living wages, decent working conditions, and their voices heard, everyone benefits. Oxfam supports women stepping into leadership roles, speaking out against harmful laws and policies, and standing up for their rights.
Leading emergency response
Emergency can affect women and men in dramatically different ways. Like in refugee camps, where girls and women need lighting at night and separate toilets to stay safe, secure and healthy. Standing up for women's rights is vital for keeping everyone safe.
Building sustainable businesses
Loans, seeds, tools and training for women help whole communities grow more food and make goods that they can market themselves, and break free from poverty.
Fight for women’s rights
It’s time to amplify the power of all women – leaders, disruptors, change-makers, carers.
We’re living through an inequality crisis. Those in power are choosing profit over people and planet – with the most marginalised the worst affected.
For a select few, climbing the steps to power is easy. Yet it’s women who are paving the way for the rest of us. Especially those from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, working-class, disabled, refugee and/or migrant communities.
They’re leaders, disruptors and change-makers. And on top of all this – the care work they do is the glue holding together every society and economy worldwide. This is true power. And now’s the time to amplify it.
"My wish is for existing NGOs to understand us. Not only do they know about who has disabilities, but also the relation between disabilities and planning. It's crucial. Because upon a disaster, the number of the disabled increases." Desi in Indonesia.
My wish is for existing NGOs to understand us. Not only do they know about who has disabilities, but also the relation between disabilities and planning. It's crucial. Because upon a disaster, the number of the disabled increases.”
Desi, Vice President of the PBR Forum in Indonesia
Oxfam acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
The power of women worldwide who are leading the change
Women are leading the way. Like Magda, in Indonesia, who supports women harnessing power to fight back against the harshest impacts of the climate crisis.
Or Rowena in the Phillippines. She and her community’s all-women disaster committee are restoring the forest to prevent the devastation caused by typhoons.
And in Yemen, women-led organisations are calling for Yemeni women to have a seat at the table as paths to peace are being built.
We are trying to protect the area from calamity.”
Rowena in the Phillippines whose community’s all-women disaster committee are restoring the forest to prevent the devastation caused by typhoons.
Following the recent earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria, Oxfam KEDV led our response – a long-standing women’s organisation who’ve been working with refugee and Turkish communities for years. Their understanding of the additional challenges women and girls face during crisis means gender justice is embedded from emergency response to long-term recovery.
Donate now to support more climate change-beating projects and the women who are leading them.
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We may be able to prevent the acceleration of climate change, while also improving family food security.Magda, Project Manager, YPPS, Oxfam Partner/Oxfam , Larantuka, Indonesia
The glue that holds societies and economies together
Often taken for granted, care work is the bedrock of societies around the world.
And this vital work is mainly done by women, particularly those from marginalised communities.
These women are the reason children grow and learn. That elderly relatives are able to live healthy and safe lives. That our homes keep running. That every society and economy functions worldwide.
They are powerful. And they must no longer go ignored or overlooked. Because true power is caring about people in a world that seems not to.
The narrative during the pandemic may have been an economic shutdown – yet the reality was women doing huge amounts of extra unpaid care at home, working overtime as teachers, cooks and nurses.”
Anam Parvez, Head of Research, Oxfam GB. Writing on economic policies as a form of gender-based violence.
Solidarity with all women
Solidarity with all women means making different choices – whether by us, those in power or global institutions.
We can start to tackle the inequality crisis once the steps to power become a path towards truly valuing women.
When every woman is seen, heard, and celebrated loudly.
Because real power is defending against the climate crisis. Caring for loved ones. Being true to yourself.
Celebrate the power of women everywhere. Caring, leading, teaching – and building a better world for us all.
Women at Work charity gift cards
Oxfam's Women at Work programmes support women pushing for respect, fairness and dignity at work, and to end gender-based violence in the workplace.
Every International Women's Day, we choose to celebrate the power of all women everywhere
Every year, on International Women's Day, Oxfam GB is with every woman. Those calling out the systems of injustice that fuel poverty. Those ensuring communities are cared for. Those redefining the role women play in our world.
At every turn, women are leading the way. This is real people power. Because when women are on the field, we all win the game.
On International Women's Day, we call for every woman’s power to be seen, heard and valued. We choose to celebrate it. Amplify it. We choose the power of all women everywhere.
72% of unpaid care work in households globally is done by women.
Around the world, 1 billion women lack legal protection from sexual violence.
In 2021-22, Oxfam’s WE-Care programme reached 7.9 million people across Africa.