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Arms Trade Treaty comments made to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on behalf of the Canadian members of the Control Arms coalition: Mark Fried of Oxfam Canada, Hilary Homes of Amnesty International, Lina Holguin of Oxfam Quebec and Ken Epps of Project...

In July, leaders from 195 countries will gather at the United Nations in an attempt to negotiate a new International Arms Treaty. Canada has yet to take a position on the inclusion of ammunition specifically, instead stating simply that the Treaty should not infringe on the rights of lawful gun-...

"Governments don’t function well in isolation. They do better when they consciously create mechanisms for tapping into the knowledge and wisdom of public-minded citizens. The portion before you would close two key mechanisms for citizen input: the National Council of Welfare and the National...

“I don’t have a goat,” Mom hinted. That made my mind up for a Mother’s Day gift. Then I started looking through Oxfam’s archives from the last few years to find mothers who had received a goat or benefitted from an Oxfam program paid through Unwrapped funds. I hope...

Oxfam Canada believes that our food system is broken, and that in order to fix it, we must have the largest conversation in the history of the planet about food. That’s why this spring we hosted public dialogues on women’s rights and the food system. People want to talk about food, and we want...

An alarming number of women and girls around the world experience sexual violence. From Congo and Kenya to Burma and Colombia, rape is used as a weapon to humiliate people and tear apart communities. 

The ...

Wednesday, April 25 was World Malaria Day, and there is news about a disease that afflicts 225 million people and killed about 650,000 in 2010.

First the good tidings: In the last decade, deaths from malaria have been cut by one third in Africa and the number of at-risk people contracting...

Oxfam ambassador Helena Christensen, a supermodel and photographer, recently returned from her third trip with Oxfam, this one to document the toll that climate change has had on the women of rural Turkana in northern Kenya. 

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Oxfam Canada policy coordinator Mark Fried blogs on the successful campaign to get the International Monetary Fund to invest more than $1 billion of windfall profits in small-scale farming, education, health care and other needs of the world’s poorest countries. Nearly $1.6 billion in gold...

Oxfam Canada policy coordinator, Mark Fried, blogs on the possibility of achieving a conventional Arms Trade Treaty with bite. After years of lobbying, Oxfam and other members of the Control Arms Campaign say a final breakthrough is in sight.  Is Canada helping or hindering? 

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