Every year, millions of people are displaced from their homes. Almost half are women.
Disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes and droughts, as well as conflict, wars and the current global pandemic, put millions in urgent need of clean water, soap, food and shelter. The crises caused by these events also threaten women's safety and health in unique ways.
During emergencies, women are often left out of critical decisions that affect them, like how food, water, hygiene kits and medicine are distributed, and even where to build the toilets. It's time to change that. Oxfam meets urgent needs to save lives as part of our emergency response, but we also look at long-term solutions for women's livelihoods, health, safety and leadership.
What is Oxfam Doing?
We work with local partners to listen to and meet the unique needs of women and girls.
Oxfam and our partners design programs for women, in consultation with women and women's rights organizations.
We break down the barriers that stand in the way of women having power over their lives and decisions in times of crisis.
We consult with local humanitarians and the people receiving aid to tell us what is needed to rebuild effectively in the long-term.