Women are far more likely than men to be poor and powerless because of a system that is rigged against them.
The research is clear: when women exercise their rights, our world is better. It's less poor, more peaceful, and more just. It's a better place for everyone. Supporting women to be leaders is the key to ending poverty.
Increasing the number of women in the room or elevating more women to power is not enough. To press forward with lasting change, we must address the reasons why women are not there in the first place:
- discrimination and gender inequality
- a system that rewards wealth and power, of which women have the least
- deep rooted social norms, attitudes and behaviours
What is Oxfam Doing?
Our work enables women and men to work together to create policies and practices that are fair, lasting and sustainable. Everywhere we work, we emphasize human rights, gender equality, participation and respect for dignity.
Together with local organizations in more than 90 countries, we invest in projects that break power dynamics and transform entire communities. Our projects support women to become leaders in every aspect of their lives.
Designing programs for women, with women and women's rights organizations.
Breaking down the barriers that stand in the way of women having power over their lives.
Getting to the root causes and working with communities for lasting change