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ENDING

ENDING
POVERTY

POVERTY

BEGINS

BEGINS
WITH

WITH

WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Oxfam Canada
Annual Report 2018/19

Our mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls.

THIS YEAR

THIS YEAR
IN REVIEW

IN REVIEW

“2018-19 was a year where your support helped Oxfam Canada make a real difference in the lives of women, girls and their communities around the world.

We continued to put women’s rights and gender justice at the heart of all of our work – our humanitarian relief, our long-term development programming and our advocacy and campaigning.”

Ricardo Acuña
Chair of the Board of Directors

Julie Delahanty
Executive Director

Dear friends,

We are delighted to be reporting on such a meaningful year. Thanks to your support, we were able to respond swiftly to the tropical storm in Cuba, the tsunami in Indonesia, two tropical storms that hit Southern Africa and the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, among many less known humanitarian crises. Our partnerships with local organizations are helping communities rebuild while also addressing the unique needs of women who are most affected when disaster strikes.

This year, we proudly launched two new programs in the Philippines and East and Southern Africa that empower women and girls to claim their sexual and reproductive health and rights. We completed the third year of our five-year Creating Spaces project, which is challenging the norms that perpetuate violence against women and girls, supporting women and girls who have experienced violence and helping women and girls realize their rights. We are awed by our project partners who are mobilizing communities and pressing for important law and policy changes.

Every year, our campaigning for gender justice, in Canada and around the world, keeps getting more effective. With your engagement, and alongside our allies, we used our local-to-global knowledge, experience and advocacy to take action. Together, we pushed gender equality front and centre at the G7, hosted by Canada in 2018. After years of advocacy, we also celebrated commitments by the Canadian government on sexual and reproductive health and rights and on much-needed funding for women’s rights organizations and movements.

We worked collaboratively with others, in Canada and globally, to do more and to do better to address sexual misconduct and abuse in the humanitarian aid sector. While there is no doubt that Oxfam must continue on this journey, we are proud of the changes we have made to be a safer and more feminist organization.

As we set out now to develop our next strategic plan, we know that our mission to tackle the injustice of poverty and inequality continues to be as important as ever. In this complex and fast-moving world, and thanks to your support, we will continue to raise our voice and leverage our strong foundation to multiply our impact. Our work is challenging, life-changing and none of it would have been possible without your generosity and commitment to us, and to the people and communities we serve. We are so grateful for your partnership.

It’s hard to believe that this will be Julie’s final annual report as the Executive Director of Oxfam Canada. While change can be sad, it’s also wonderful to know that with our dedicated staff, visionary board and compassionate supporters, there are great things still to be achieved together.

Thank you for standing with us – for speaking truth to power – and for supporting women and their families as they lift themselves out of poverty.

Oxfam is as ready as ever to change the world!

 

Ricardo Acuña
Chair of the Board of Directors

Julie Delahanty
Executive Director

In 2018/19 we reached more than

19.5 MILLION

PEOPLE

52% WERE

52% WERE WOMEN AND GIRLS

WOMEN

AND GIRLS

Oxfam Canada is an affiliate of the international Oxfam Confederation networked in more than 90 countries as part of a global movement for change.

Explore our reach:

Oxfam Canada is an affiliate of the international Oxfam Confederation networked in over 90 countries as part of a global movement for change.

450,000

People we worked with

58%

Women & Girls

813

Partnerships

1,600,000

People we worked with

53%

Women & Girls

268

Partnerships

4,800,000

People we worked with

51%

Women & Girls

217

Partnerships

1,400,000

People we worked with

58%

Women & Girls

223

Partnerships

6,500,000

People we worked with

52%

Women & Girls

285

Partnerships

2,700,000

People we worked with

50%

Women & Girls

1087

Partnerships

600,000

People we worked with

54%

Women & Girls

117

Partnerships

OUR WORK

HUMANITARIAN

HUMANITARIAN
RESPONSE

RESPONSE

In emergencies, we meet urgent needs to save lives, but also look at long-term solutions to restoring women's livelihoods, health, safety and leadership. Women are often left out of critical decisions that affect them, like how food, water and medicine are distributed, and even where to build the toilets.

2018/2019

IN ACTION

2018/2019
IN ACTION

This year, we conducted research with partner agencies and found that in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, a third of women did not feel safe or comfortable going to collect water or using toilets and shower cubicles – many of which lack a roof and a lockable door.

"By bringing an architect’s eye to the new designs and ideas we’ve been developing with the refugee women, our project will hopefully mean that women and girls living in one of the most challenging places imaginable will be able to do something that most people take for granted: wash and go to the toilet safely.”

Michelle Farrington
Oxfam’s Public Health Promotion
Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar

LONG-TERM

LONG-TERM
DEVELOPMENT

DEVELOPMENT

Sexual and reproductive health and rights are at the heart of the most important decisions a woman makes. If and when to marry. How long to stay in school. How many children to have.

When women have meaningful decision-making power over their lives and bodies, they can make better choices for their families, their education, their livelihoods, their happiness and they thrive.

2018/2019

IN ACTION

2018/2019
IN ACTION

That is why this year, we launched two exciting projects on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR): Sexual Health and Empowerment in the Philippines and Her Future, Her Choice in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Canada.

Daryl Leyesa
SHE Project Partner, National Rural Women’s Congress of the Philippines

CREATING

CREATING SPACES

SPACES

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Creating Spaces to take action on violence against women and girls has completed its third year. We’re extremely proud of the great progress being made.

Specific highlights:

A coalition of civil society organizations met with the President of Indonesia to advocate for the ratification of government regulations preventing child marriage.

INDONESIA

Oxfam and partners supported 14 mobile clinics on legal aid, health and law enforcement to better link women in remote and currently under-served areas with the services that they require.

BANGLADESH

A mobile-based application was developed to gather and analyze feedback on support services provided to women and girls who have experienced violence.

INDIA

MORE THAN

PEOPLE, INCLUDING 52,139 WOMEN AND GIRLS, HAVE BEEN REACHED BY THE PROJECT IN THE SIX PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES THIS YEAR.

Thanks to your support, this program is making a real difference in tackling violence and preventing child marriage!

Thanks to your support, this program is making a real difference to tackle violence and prevent child marriage!

CAMPAIGNING

CAMPAIGNING
FOR CHANGE

FOR CHANGE

We believe in the power of people to tackle inequality and end poverty for good. That’s why we’re campaigning for change.

Human rights are universal – but, unfortunately, so are poverty and inequality. That’s why we campaign for change around the world but also here at home in Canada. Connecting local and global struggles for social and economic justice helps our movement grow stronger and louder, year after year.

2018/2019

IN ACTION

2018/2019
IN ACTION

In 2018, we launched a new campaign, What She Knows Matters, which aims to put power and decision making in the hands of women affected by conflict worldwide.

We also played a lead role in organizing a W7, which brought together more than 60 feminist activists from the Global South, G7 countries and across Canada to identify priorities for world leaders to advance gender equality and women’s rights.

Oxfam on Tour criss-crossed the country, sparking meaningful conversations about violence against women and celebrating the strength of refugees and the kindness of communities who welcome them.

YOUR

YOUR SUPPORT

YOUR IMPACT

SUPPORT

IMPACT

Thanks to you, we have not only increased our resources and capacity to respond to emergency and development needs, we have also intensified our advocacy and influencing work.

We know it’s important to you that your donation is being used effectively. It’s important to us, too. We are committed to the highest standards of reporting and are accredited by Imagine Canada.

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THIS YEAR, MANY CANADIANS CONTRIBUTED TO THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY AND INEQUALITY

THIS IS HOW YOUR MONEY WAS SPENT

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How We Spend Donor Dollars

Spending by Program Region

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76% went towards developing and delivering long-term programs

14% was used to help us raise more funds to help more people

9% went towards management and administrative costs

1% was used for campaigning and political activities

How We Spend Donor Dollars Graphic

38% Asia & the Pacific

35% Africa & the Middle East

17% Latin America & the Caribbean

10% North America

Spending by Program Region

THANK

THANK YOU

YOU

OXFAM CANADA IS PART OF
A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE.
We depend on and value our staff, volunteers, members and Board, who provide the hard work, experience, commitment and vision that ensures our organization achieves its goals.

We can end the injustice of poverty
and fight inequality

TOGETHER

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