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How the Queer History of the Philippines Inspires Our Struggle Today

Tags: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The gender-crossing "babaylan," a Filipino version of a shaman in the pre-colonial era, is an icon for LGBTQIA+ activists fighting to outlaw discrimination in the Philippines.

Two young Brown women embrace each other. The woman on our left is pressing her nose agains the cheek of the woman in our right whose eyes are closed while she smiles and raises one of her arms. Behind them is a rainbow flag.

Six Women Creating Spaces for Gender Justice in Asia

Tags: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Violence Against Women and Girls, Women's Transformative Leadership

Through the Creating Spaces project, these women champion female leadership to advance gender justice.

A group of Brown women wearing colourful saris are sitting down on the floor and raising their hands.

Philippines hit by over half a billion dollars in damages from Typhoon Rai; farming and fishing hardest hit

Tags: Emergency Response

Oxfam staff report people begging for food in towns worst hit The Philippines is struggling to recover from last month’s massive Typhoon Rai that caused losses worth 11.1 billion Php…

Oxfam, local officials call for urgent aid in typhoon-hit areas in Visayas

Tags: Emergency Response

Oxfam Pilipinas on Monday echoed local officials in Eastern Visayas calling for immediate assistance for survivors of Super Typhoon Rai (local name: Odette). Super Typhoon Rai, which is the strongest…

Groups provide pre-disaster financial aid to more than 2,600 families in Philippines before Typhoon Rai hit

Tags: Emergency Response, Natural Disasters

Humanitarian groups distributed through digital cash transfer more than $4 million (PHP) to 2,650 families in the Philippines. Forty barangays in Salcedo, Dolores, Lawaan, Quinapondan and Balangiga towns in Eastern…

"Let me be the last survivor": Lessons from six years of action to end violence against women and girls in Asia

Tags: Feminist Aid, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Violence Against Women and Girls, Women's Transformative Leadership

How communities in east and south Asia tackled gender-based violence and changed laws and social norms to protect women and girls.

Three girls dressed formally hold two red dark pink banners with white text that reads, hashtag End child marriage and hashtag girl defenders. All the girls are smiling and looking directly at the camera. The one standing in the middle wears a red headscarf.

International Women's Day - women lifting each other up

Tags: Advocacy in Canada

International Women’s Day is a time when we stand up and stand together for women’s rights around the world.

Woman with hat on in red shirt and jeans standing among trees in Colombia.

More than 2 million people impacted as Super Typhoon Goni sweeps across the Philippines

Tags: Climate Change, Natural Disasters

Oxfam is working with local partners and coordinating with local governments in the Philippines to assess the damage and needs of affected communities following Super Typhoon Goni’s four landfalls yesterday and early…

Giving back girls their childhood: It's time to end child marriage

Tags: Advocacy in Canada

Girls are largely invisible in Philippine legislation and policy, a new bill that will make child marriage illegal is hoping to change that.

A young Muslim Filipino woman dressed in black stands in front of a chalkboard pointing to the words End Child Marriage and End VAWG

Cancel the debt so doctors and nurses can keep saving lives

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Emergency Response

This open letter is a call for urgent action from doctors and nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A health care worker in a protective mask and hair cover and scrubs and gown looks at the camera.

Water, food and shelter first priorities in coastal communities devastated by Typhoon Phanfone

Tags: Climate Change, Emergency Response, Hunger, Natural Disasters, Refugees and Internal Displacement, Water

After the devastation wrought by Typhoon Phanfone (local name Ursula), which made seven landfalls mainly in Central Philippines between December 24 until the afternoon of December 25, development agency Oxfam…

Bitter roots and reproductive rights: Access to abortion services in Canada and the Philippines

Tags: Advocacy in Canada

Around the world, sexual and reproductive health services fall short of women’s needs.

Too young to marry

Tags: Violence Against Women and Girls

When Fatima woke up three days into the new year, she had no idea the day would end with her becoming tied for the rest of her life to a…

Young woman

Our bodies as a site of power

Tags: Advocacy in Canada

An Oxfam in the Philippines SRHR project officer talks about the need to remove the veil of stigma and shame when it comes to viewing our bodies and sexuality.


Advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights, every day

Tags: Advocacy in Canada

In the Philippines, deeply rooted social norms make it difficult for women and girls to take control of their sexual health. Daryl Leyesa, a women's rights activist leading Oxfam Canada's Sexual…

Daryl Leyesa

Oxfam and partners deliver clean water to isolated communities hit by Mangkhut

by | Replace this with image credit information This immediate response is informed by rapid assessments made by Oxfam and local partners that clean water and shelter are the urgent…

Oxfam, CDRC prioritize safe water and shelter materials in distribution efforts

by | Replace this with image credit information Thousands of evacuees are currently staying inside churches and schools and do not have access to food, safe water, and sanitation.  Tuguegerao…

Oxfam and partners prepare to deliver clean water and shelter to thousands in Typhoon Mangkhut aftermath

by | Replace this with image credit information Photo by April Bulanadi | Oxfam The full extent of damages has yet to be determined, as many areas especially in the…

Destruction caused by Typhoon Mangkhut. (Ompong) in the Philippines. Photo Credit: April Bulanadi/Oxfam

Ompong’s “destructive force”– disaster preparedness committees activated

by | Replace this with image credit information Photo: Oxfam Philippines Ompong is the 15th storm to hit the Philippines this year and, so far, the strongest for 2018.  Tuguegerao…

Destruction caused by Typhoon Mangkhut. (Ompong) in the Philippines.

Oxfam closely monitoring Super Typhoon Mangkhut bearing down on Philippines

by | Replace this with image credit information Known locally as Ompong, the super typhoon is predicted to make landfall in north of the main island of Luzon on Saturday…

Oxfam, local partners ready to respond as “highly threatening” Typhoon Ompong nears

by | Replace this with image credit information The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimates that 4.3 million people live in the projected path of this destructive…

Oxfam Canada receives federal funding to empower women and girls in Philippines

(Ottawa) Thanks to a contribution of $17.5 million from the Government of Canada, Oxfam Canada will empower women and girls in six disadvantaged and conflict-affected regions of the Philippines with…

The Girl Child is Resilient, Strong and Unstoppable

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Violence Against Women and Girls, Women's Transformative Leadership

“Do not get married if you are a child, because you do not yet understand about the household. “  These are the words of Putri (15) who, married at 13,…


Super typhoon Haima aftermath: Oxfam assesses needs on the ground

At least seven are confirmed dead and thousands remain displaced after super typhoon Haima (local name: Lawin) pounded northern parts of the Philippines. Haima hit land as a category 4…

Oxfam Media Advisory for the World Humanitarian Summit

Tags: Advocacy in Canada

The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul is taking place in a world where 125 million people are affected by disaster and conflict. In 2014/15 Oxfam reached 12.9 million people in…

Langgin's story, Philippines

Tags: Natural Disasters, Water, Women's Transformative Leadership

Women and Climate Change: Stories of EMPOWERMENT Langgin's story Langgin is 20 years old and has lived in the farming community of Bagumbayan in the south island of Mindanao in…


Typhoon Hagupit - Notes from the field

Notes from the field: An Oxfam worker in Tacloban shares his account on Typhoon Hagupit “When we were first warned about another strong typhoon heading our way, we were terrified,”…


As another typhoon hits Philippines Oxfam warns there are not enough evacuation centres to keep people safe

Tags: Natural Disasters

Tacloban City, Leyte – International agency Oxfam said today as another typhoon hits the Philippines there are insufficient evacuation centres available to keep people safe. “This typhoon is powerful but…


Philippines’ plan to relocate thousands of Haiyan survivors will fail unless government focuses on jobs too

Tags: Natural Disasters

Haiyan – known as Yolanda in the Philippines – was the strongest cyclone ever recorded at landfall. It killed 8,000 people and left four million people homeless. A new report…


Poorest left behind by Philippines Typhoon response

Tags: Natural Disasters

The huge humanitarian response in the aftermath of November’s super typhoon saved thousands of lives but three months on, the poorest coconut farmers, traders and fisherpeople are being left out…