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Leaving No One Behind: A Commitment To Address Forced Displacement

Development Unplugged | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

There are 60 million displaced people in the world. Every day, 42,000 more are forcibly uprooted by armed conflicts, natural disasters, persecution and inequality. Most aren't trying to reach Europe or faraway Canada. Their destinations are often those nearest to the emergency.

The Panama Papers Are A Feminist Issue

Oxfam Canada | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

The Panama Papers provide further evidence of the scale of global tax dodging, and of its impact on poverty and inequality, particularly in the global south. Tax havens are estimated to be costing poor countries at least $170bn in lost tax revenues every year. This is essential money which could be paying for schools, hospitals, childcare or services to address violence against women. The realization of women's rights is not going to be achieved for free. UN Women have analyzed country action plans on gender equality and found that some are facing a shortfall of up to 90 per cent in the funds needed to achieve their goals

The Panama Papers Revelations Hit The World's Poor Hardest

Oxfam Canada | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

When companies or wealthy individuals dodge taxes, governments either have to cut back on essential services, such as health care and education, or make up the shortfall by levying higher taxes on everyone else. Both options see the poorest people lose out and the inequality gap grow.

The Zika Virus Is Hitting Poor Women The Hardest

Oxfam Canada | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

While still unproven, the Zika virus, mild for many who get it, appears to cause a severe fetal abnormality -- microcephaly -- in which an infant's head doesn't develop properly in the womb and causes brain damage. The rate of microcephaly in Brazil is suddenly 20 times above average and that rise appears to coincide with Zika outbreaks.

Ghomeshi Trial Shows That Violence Against Women Knows No Borders

Oxfam Canada | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Oxfam Canada

We need to build honest conversations about the attitudes and social norms that all too often are used to rationalize violence. Because the best chance of ending violence against women starts with changing the way we think about it.

We Can End Gender-Based Violence In Humanitarian Settings

Oxfam Canada | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

In South Sudan, domestic violence is widespread and largely tolerated. In the all-too-common words of two young women from Warrap State: "We are often beaten. When we make a mistake, we are beaten -- and there are so many mistakes." It was unfortunately not surprising that gender-based violence was a major threat for women living in IDP and refugee camps.

Liberals Wind Down Political-Activity Audits Of Charitable Groups

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics

The time-consuming audit program prompted critics to accuse the government of launching a politically motivated witch hunt.

Women's Participation Makes For Peaceful And Inclusive Societies

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Women's organizations, governments and United Nations entities celebrated the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325. This landmark resolution stated that women's participation, security and protection were essential in the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. This resolution was much heralded at the time and was followed by seven additional resolutions on women, peace and security. However, civil society organizations have observed again and again that these strong words have not been translated into action.

Women Bear The Biggest Burden When It Comes To Climate Change

Oxfam Canada | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

The climate is changing. For some of us this means less quality food, less choice and higher prices. As today's World Bank report notes, for millions, it means being pushed into poverty. And for millions of women already living in poverty, it means more hunger.

Trudeau Must Address Rising Inequality In Canada And Beyond

Oxfam Canada | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

The gap between rich and poor in Canada has increased significantly since 1980. Women continue to earn 20 per cent less than their male peers and are much more likely to be poor. We've seen some heartening gains in recent decades, but the worrying growth in income inequality poses a serious threat.

Equality Is Key To Success For Sustainable Development Goals

Development Unplugged | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

We need policies that enable the poorest to benefit most from economic growth. Of the 1.1 billion people living in extreme poverty in 2010, 200 million could have escaped extreme poverty if poor people had simply benefited equally from the proceeds of growth -- particularly women and youth, two groups being left behind.

Women Are Central to Canadian Foreign Policy

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

The absence of female voices in public policy debates is not simply a matter of demographic representation. Without women's voices, and more specifically feminist voices, we lose the perspective that strong women bring to the table and we lose the potential for far better politics and policies that champion the rights and interests of both women and men.

Ending Global Poverty Begins With Women's Rights

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

Up For Debate has a very clear goal: to put women's rights and gender equality on the 2015 electoral map. And on September 21st, Up For Debate made headlines for doing just that -- releasing highlights from four federal leader's interviews on women's issues.

My Elderly Mother Has a Few Words of Wisdom for Party Leaders

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

Election season is heating up. The leaders debate on economic policy is almost upon us. And my mother wants me to say a few things to those who aspire to lead our country. She wants me to say that, as a strong woman who is the mother of a strong woman and grandmother of a strong granddaughter, we need to do better.

Giving Women a Part in the Peace Process Promotes Lasting Security

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

The number of conflicts -- especially intra-state conflicts -- is on the rise worldwide, contributing to record numbers of forcibly displaced people in 2014. Many of these conflicts are marked by violent extremism and acts of gender-based violence and abuse. The practice and policy of war and security have traditionally been dominated by men. Women and girls are almost always excluded from the political processes that are essential for peace and security: between 1992 and 2011, less than four per cent of signatories to peace agreements and fewer than 10 per cent of negotiators at peace tables were women. Yet, there is solid evidence that women's participation in peace negotiations contributes to more lasting peace.

We Need a Lasting Solution for Syrian Refugees

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

The searing images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi have moved through cyberspace and galvanized reaction around the world. For Canadians, there are layers and hard questions that go further than our basic human response of sorrow. That's because Alan Kurdi's family could and should have been in Canada by now.

The Negative Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining on Women

Lina Holguin | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Lina Holguin

The expropriation of land for mining projects can have the greatest impact on women. Women need land to grow food to feed their families or for subsistence farming which can be an important source of income. Lost access to land via land grabs means that women's livelihoods become more precarious, thus causing greater economic dependence on men.

At Davos, Can Oxfam Put Income Inequality on the Elitist Agenda?

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Oxfam will take on the most powerful and wealthy organizations and individuals in the world. And the voice on this occasion is Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam's international spokesperson, speaking to the global elite as they gather this week in their annual state of the global economy meetings in Davos, Switzerland. And does she ever have a story to tell, backed by research and motivated by a deep sense of social justice. Byanyima will hit those people present with a remarkable and troubling truth: as of next year, over half of the world's wealth will be owned by the top 1 per cent. This is staggering, perhaps even representing the end of the economic order we have known and which sustained the West for decades.

'Preventing Poverty' Not Allowed For Charities, Canada Revenue Says

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency has told a well-known charity that it can no longer try to prevent poverty around the world, it can only alleviate ...

Can We Sign the Treaty, So People Stop Dying?

Mark Fried | Posted 05.07.2012 | Canada
Mark Fried

The world's diplomats recently met in New York to launch the concluding negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty, that was initiated six years ago. During the hours the diplomats huddled over the Treaty, some 10,000 people died from armed violence. A killing every minute. Conventional arms are the real weapons of mass destruction.

East African Famine: From Britain, a Model of Response

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.16.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The Humanitarian Coalition, which I believe to be inspired by a similar British organization, is a group of seasoned NGO organizations who think that by working together on issues, they can get more done. But it's what they offer to confused Canadian donors that might well prove their most pivotal contribution.

Drought Threatens 10 Million Africans: Aid Groups

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.05.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - A coalition of aid groups is urging Canadians and the government to help stop an escalating humanitarian crisis that threatens the lives of 1...