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  • Afghan women are consistently excluded from Afghanistan’s peace negotiations and formal talks about the country’s future, Oxfam said today. Unless this discrimination is reversed, peace will be unsustainable, Afghanistan’s development will be compromised, and enormous human rights gains made since the fall of the Taliban will remain under threat. In a report released today, Behind Closed Doors, Oxfam tracked 23 known peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the international community since 2005. During talks between the international community and the Taliban, not one Afghan woman had been involved.

  • Oxfam Canada welcomes the Government of Canada's announced contribution of $300 million to the Green Climate Fund. These funds are essential to help people who are poor and marginalized adapt to the havoc wreacked by climate chaos that threatens to further erode food security and increase inequality.

    Unfortunately, Canada’s contribution falls short of its fair share of the estimated $10 billion needed to capitalize the Fund before the next round of United Nations climate negotiations in Lima in December, which would amount to $419 million.

     

  • Oxfam welcomes G20 commitments to reduce the gender gap in workforce participation by 25 per cent by 2025. Achieving this target will have a positive impact, but achieving gender equality will require other social and economic measures – including bridging the gender wage gap – to break the barriers to women’s full economic, social and political participation.

  • G20 leaders meeting in Brisbane, Australia this weekend (15 and 16 November) are being urged to tackle rising inequality head-on or risk leaving millions of people trapped in poverty, as new figures reveal the wealth disparity in a number of G20 countries.

    Oxfam’s report ahead of the G20, Turn the Tide: Why the G20 must act on rising inequality, shows that in the past year, the total wealth in the G20 increased by US $17 trillion, but the richest one per cent of people in the G20 captured a staggering US $6.2 trillion of this wealth – 36 per cent of the increase.

  • "Thanks to the generosity of the Canadian government and public, Oxfam was able to provide water, improve sanitation and hygiene and support livelihood recovery for hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes and income in the typhoon. But for the long term what is also needed is global action on climate change and support to build resilience for those most at risk from climate-related disasters." Julie Delahanty, Executive Director, Oxfam Canada

  • Oxfam Canada partners with six Canadian celebrities to promote its 2014 online holiday alternative gift catalog: Oxfam Unwrapped.

  • The gap between the rich and poor is spiralling out of control. Just 85 individuals have the same wealth as half the people on our planet. Such extreme economic inequality is standing in the way of ending global poverty, and widening other inequalities like the gap between women and men.

  • In a battle against the clock, with less than two months left in the window to curb the spread of the virus ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, there is still a crippling shortfall in military staff to provide the logistical support that is desperately needed.

  • Oxfam is warning that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will not be contained unless more is done to prevent new infections.
     

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