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Beyond the Nine-to-Five: A world where women are valued, by Bailey Reid.

Women’s rights must be at the heart of making this change real, and lasting.

Street vendors setting up their booth at the local produce market.

Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) programs are popular among development interventions. They enhance the economic security of women and households by developing skills and confidence, and providing access to needed capital, assets, and markets.

Syrian refugee women living in an informal settlement line the side of a road mid-morning waiting to depart to the tomato fields in Lebanon's Bekaa valley. Photo credit: Maya Hautefeuille / Oxfam

Early reviews of last night’s Munk Debate on foreign policy have been positive. There was a substantive airing of some important issues. And there was glaring oversight too. Slightly more than half of all Canadians were not represented on the debate stage.

Up For Debate has a very clear goal: to put women’s rights and gender equality on the 2015 electoral map.

Wake up and smell the issues

Election season is heating up. The leaders debate on economic policy is almost upon us. And my mother wants me to say a few things to those who aspire to lead our country.

Hanin Al Halayal, 26, sit with her four week old baby Sana, 4-weeks , in the tent in which they now live in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees in north Bekaa Valley in Lebanon on September 10 2015.

On September 15th, 2015 in Ottawa there was an important event featuring three female Nobel Peace Laureates: Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland), and Jody Williams (USA).

If you ask political parties or the media, this election is about the middle class. If you ask me, it’s about people living in poverty.

South African Tax Advocates

Today is World Public Service Day, and next week, our government will also be removing the GST from tampons across Canada. In one case, we’re getting rid of a bad tax, which was sex-based and discriminatory. In the other, we’re celebrating the positive impact that our tax dollars can make. 

Oxfam at the University of Calgary has proven their ability to make a large impact, despite being one of the newest additions to the Oxfamily.

Over the past school year, Oxfam Canada clubs on university and college campuses across Canada have once again been busy raising awareness and taking action on gender justice, poverty and humanitarian issues.

Mukuru slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Eleanor Farmer/Oxfam

The world can be proud of the progress made towards ending poverty - as I see for myself when I visit the toughest places, the cynics have been proven wrong by successful efforts to combat disease, to increase access to drinking water sources, and to get girls into school. But, as Oxfam...

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