Hope And Loss As World's Youngest Country Turns 5

Oxfam Canada | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

Last week, Canadians came together to celebrate their country's 149th birthday. This week, South Sudan marks five years as an independent nation. Yet for many there is little to celebrate. For half of its brief life, the world's youngest nation has been ripped apart by war, leaving tens of thousands dead.

Will Canada Take A Stand For Women's Rights In Mexico?

Oxfam Canada | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

The North American Leaders Summit is one of the first major opportunities for Prime Minister Trudeau -- a proud feminist -- to turn words into action and put his vision of a feminist foreign policy into practice. The human rights crisis in Mexico should be top of mind as he heads into his meetings with Presidents Obama and Peña Nieto tomorrow.

A Life Displaced Is Still A Life With Hope And Dreams

Oxfam Canada | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

Whether through civil war or other forms of conflict, natural disasters or climate related disasters such as drought, the global scale of displaced people is unprecedented. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates there are now over 60 million forcibly displaced people around the world including 19.5 million refugees -- the highest number on record!

Poultry Workers Forced To Wear Diapers: Report

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Business

National Chicken Council says this is "extremely rare."

Largest Companies Have $1.4 Trillion Stashed Offshore: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business

Offshore accounts cost U.S. government $111 billion a year.

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.

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.

Staggering Inequality Data Released Ahead Of World Economic Forum

CP | Pan Pylas, The Associated Press | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business

62 people own the same wealth as the half the planet, Oxfam data shows.

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.

Thanking and Giving in the Syrian Refugee Camps of Lebanon

Oxfam Canada | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

I have a lot to be thankful for. Good health, a loving family, a home and a gratifying job. But like many, I often take these blessings for granted. This year, however, is different. Today I am thankful for having shared a cup of coffee with Syrian women refugees in Sawere, a small town in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.

Ending Global Poverty Begins With Women's Rights

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.24.2016 | 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.

We Need a Lasting Solution for Syrian Refugees

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.03.2016 | 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.

Yes, Women's Equality Is Still a Political Issue

Oxfam Canada | Posted 08.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

When we ask our political leaders to talk about issues affecting women what we're asking for is a conversation about the unseen and largely unacknowledged inequalities that affect girls and women throughout their lives. I have a daughter. Like every Canadian woman, she's growing up in a country where to be female is to be overrepresented in poorly paid part-time work; under-represented at every level of authority and power; and so devalued as a worker that virtually any sector that attracts a female workforce pays less than sectors dominated by males.

The Summit of the Americas Must Focus on Economic Inequality

Lina Holguin | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Lina Holguin

The Seventh Summit of the Americas will take place in Panama on April 10-11, 2015 and it is set to be an historic occasion, given Cuba's participation for the first time since the founding summit in 1994. In the 2012 Summit, all Latin American and Caribbean countries voted to give Cuba a seat at the table. The United States and Canada opposed Cuban participation. Although Latin America and the Caribbean have been able to make some headway in reducing economic inequality, it is still the world's most unequal region. Much more will be needed to address extreme inequality than what is contemplated in the Mandates for Action.

Canada's Charitable Law Urgently Needs Reforming

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

A report released today by the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre calls for sweeping reform of Canadian charitable law in line with other jurisdictions such as the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and England. Current rules around "political activity" are confusing and create an "intolerable state of uncertainty," the report says.

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.

Report: Richest 1% Will Own More Than Other 99% By Next Year

CBC | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Business

The richest one per cent of people globally are poised to own more than half of all wealth by next year, international inequality watchdog Oxfam warn...

How Canada Can Help Combat the 'Resource Curse'

Lina Holguin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Holguin

Recently, Canada's Parliament introduced the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which could have a huge impact on people around the world experiencing the "resource curse." Too often, poor communities have no say in the extraction of resources from their land and receive little information about the scope of these projects, the revenues they generate, their timelines and potential impacts. The Canadian government has an historic opportunity to make a low-cost contribution to fighting corruption and improving the lives of thousands of communities around the world.

Hollywood Actress Scarlett Johannson Joins Harper in Fighting Against Global Anti-Semitism

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Famous Hollywood actress Scarlett Johannson, was until recently, the global spokesman for Oxfam International. Oxfam International (Oxfam) is an int...

85 People Hold As Much Wealth As Poorest 3.5 Billion

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

The world’s 85 wealthiest people hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion, or half the world population, according to a new report from global...

Coldplay Help Oxfam With Video

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Music

A Coldplay concert tends to quickly turn into an audience singalong, essentially crowdsourcing the crooning to create an inspirational, moving moment....

My Country is Under Attack. Do You Care?

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada
Arsen Ostrovsky

I'm angry. You see, as most Americans were waking up this morning, and those in Europe and elsewhere around the world were going about their daily routines, here in Israel -- over one million people were running for cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on Washington, London, Paris or Moscow? No nation on earth can, or should, tolerate such attacks on its people. I'm angry that there is someone out there who does not know me and has never met me, yet still wants to kill me -- for no other reason than being Israeli. No, I am not angry. I am outraged.

Canada Gets Failing Grade on Income Inequality Report

Mark Fried | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada Business
Mark Fried

In a report called "Left Behind by the G20?", Oxfam looks how every country treats its poorest. Inequality in Canada rose as fast as India's and nearly as fast as South Africa's. Only four have managed to reduce income inequality since 1990 and they are all emerging powers: Brazil, Korea, Mexico, and Argentina.

East Africa Famine: Time for a Co-ordinated Appeal in Canada

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Since appeals first went out for donations to the east African famine, relief agencies have reported that approximately $16 million has come in from Canada. The figure for Britain, however, stands at £45 million in public donations. Why? It is our lack of organizational ability to combine our efforts that fails.

Somalia's Image Deficit: Helping or Hurting Aid?

Carol Mott | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada
Carol Mott

Once again the pictures of little children starving in Somalia break your heart. But this time there are other pictures that come to mind too: warlords, pirates, radical Islamists... Many will remember when the world was there to help and just how badly it turned out.