Basic Human Rights
Our work is driven by a fundamental belief in basic human rights. Supported by over fifty years of international conventions, we believe the following five human rights are central to true and sustainable development:
The right to a sustainable livelihood
We support women and men to achieve food and income security, decent working conditions and increased protection of the natural resources on which they depend.
South African women encounter abuse and violence when working on farms. Roseline Presence of Women on Farms describes how these women have organized to oppose their human rights violations, and to help ensure that access to their income and food supply is free of violence and abuse.
The right to basic services
We support women and men to gain access to basic health care, clean water and education for all.
The right to life and security
We support women and men caught in the middle of war, violence, natural disasters and the displacement they cause to live safe from abuse, harm, suffering, illness and death. Where necessary we advocate for international intervention.
The right to be heard
We support women and men to achieve their civil and political rights, have their voices heard and influence decisions that affect their lives.
Raquel Vasquz of Guatemala's Madre Tierra and Alianza De Mujeres Rurale describes the inaccessibility of government support to rural women. Oxfam is working with these organizations to establish a space in government decision making for indigenous and peasant women in Guatemala.
The right to an identity
We support women and men who are marginalized because of their gender, religion, ethnicity or cultural identity to live free from discrimination and enjoy equal rights and status with others.