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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women head to Canberra for Straight Talk

Inspiring and passionate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from all walks of life and all over the country are heading to Canberra in two weeks for some Straight Talking with female politicians. More than 80 Indigenous women – from remote islands in the Torres Strait, to far-flung communities in the Northern Territory and Broome […]

Super Typhoon Haima lashes Philippines, Oxfam on standby to respond

Typhoon Haima, known locally as Lawin, is currently hammering the northern Philippines, becoming the second category four typhoon to hit the country in a week. Bringing winds of 230 km/h, with gusts up to 260 km/h, the typhoon poses a risk to 2.78 million people in seven provinces within the 100-kilometre radius, according to the […]

Oxfam ready to respond to Super Typhoon Haima in Philippines

Oxfam is preparing to respond to Super Typhoon Haima as it heads for the northern Philippines, should assistance be requested. Known locally as Lawin, Super Typhoon Haima is predicted to make landfall in northern Luzon overnight and is packing devastating winds of up to 270 km/h. Oxfam Australia’s Associate Director of International Programs Anthea Spinks […]

Oxfam welcomes Australian Government’s $10m of aid to support Mosul’s civilians

Oxfam welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $10 million in life-saving support for Mosul’s civilians, as fighting in the city intensifies. The humanitarian organisation further urges the Australian Government to do what it can to advocate for the protection for civilians fleeing fighting, as Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces, supported by the Coalition, […]

Oxfam Australia’s Helen Szoke a finalist in Telstra Business Women’s Awards

Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke is among the 29 Victorian finalists in tonight’s Telstra Business Women’s Awards. The awards champion women from diverse industries dedicated to making a difference to the community and their respective areas. Dr Szoke is a human rights advocate who has worked for many years to stop race discrimination […]

Offensive to retake Mosul begins, Oxfam concerned for civilians

The Iraqi Prime Minister has announced the start of the military operation to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS and Oxfam is concerned hundreds of thousands of civilians risk being caught in the crossfire. Families in Mosul face a terrible choice between staying in ISIS controlled areas where many have reportedly suffered extreme violence […]

Civilians risk getting caught in crossfire as Mosul offensive intensifies

Hundreds of thousands of civilians risk being caught in crossfire as the offensive to retake Mosul and surrounding areas from ISIS intensifies, Oxfam said today. Families face a terrible choice between staying in ISIS controlled areas where many have reportedly suffered extreme violence and food shortages, or risking explosive devices and bullets to escape the […]

Hurricane Matthew: International aid needed in Haiti to prevent more loss of life

Food, shelter and clean water are needed urgently by people in southern Haiti following the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew last week. Oxfam fears that the current death toll of at least 800 will increase further. The international community must act immediately to mitigate the loss of entire harvests and to counter any possible spikes […]

Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti is worsening, Oxfam delivering urgent aid

Oxfam teams are distributing aid in some of the worst-affected areas of Haiti as the scale of destruction left in the trail of Hurricane Matthew emerges. Oxfam Australia humanitarian response coordinator Richard Simpson said there was an urgent need for an international response in Haiti, where at at least 350,000 people had been left in […]

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