IT'S A SIMPLE ANSWER
Gender is the most persistent predictor of poverty and powerlessness in our world today.
Women are the powerhouses of developing countries: they produce most of the food, make up a third of the official labour force and care for families and homes. Yet they tend to have fewer rights, fewer resources and fewer opportunities to make life-shaping decisions than men. Gender remains the most persistent predictor of poverty.
When women’s rights are respected, women are healthier, better educated and better paid. Children thrive and so do communities, organizations and societies, creating lasting benefits for generations to come.
What is Oxfam Doing?
We put women's rights at the centre of everything we do. Whether we're delivering emergency aid to survivors of natural disasters or providing women the tools to escape poverty, women's rights must be emphasized if positive change is to be lasting and sustainable.
Helping women and girls claim their rights, assume leadership roles in their communities, and break the cycle of poverty
Challenging governments, companies and organizations to respect and promote women's rights.
Putting power back in women's hands in times of crisis.
What do we hope to achieve?
We will support women and girls to claim their rights so that everyone can live in a world where women and men share power and wealth equally; where women contribute to their communities as active citizens and leaders; where men and boys reject restrictive gender roles and gender-based violence; and where everyone has education, health care and decent livelihoods.
This world is possible, and it starts with women's rights.