Rohingya refugee Asia Bibi* with solar powered lamp provided by Oxfam, in her shelter in the camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

How your donation is helping Rohingya refugees rebuild

Thanks to you, Oxfam teams are on the ground in Bangladesh, working to improve living conditions for the many Rohingya families seeking refuge in makeshift camps there.

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Rohingya refugees: Finding hope among the hopelessness

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Oxfam Australia’s Dylan Quinnell has just returned from three weeks in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. There are now over a million people trapped in flimsy makeshift shelters, with a monsoon bearing down on them and nowhere to call home. Yet, hope remains strong among the Rohingya people.

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Nur*, 18 stands outside the Oxfam toilet that was installed near where she and her family have set up a home high on a hill in Balukali Camp, Bangladesh

Foreign aid: Australia must match the generosity of those we’re helping

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Australia needs a generous and stable aid program that leaves no one behind, bolsters the capacity and responsibility of countries to provide for all their people, and helps to build resilience in an increasingly risky world.

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Rajiah outside her home in the refugee camp on her way to visit her pregnant neighbor in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Women helping women survive and thrive in Bangladesh refugee camps

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Rajiah was a health worker in her home country of Myanmar. Now, as a refugee in Bangladesh, she is making sure she puts her experience to good use and supports and provides information to the pregnant women in her community. Her name means “Hope” – a true reflection of her personality and life’s work.

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Photo: GMB Akash/Panos/OxfamAUS

Help school the big brands this summer

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You know the holidays are over when you starting seeing advertisements for ‘Back To School’ sales. Unfortunately, many of the women making clothes for brands like Kmart, Target and Big W are paid poverty wages. Find out how you can call brands to account.

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Rohingya refugees

We must not fail the Rohingya again

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Oxfam International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, calls on the international community to plug the funding aid gap, and international leaders to act to prevent another eruption of the Rohingya crisis.

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Just Jeans have a response for you

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In the last week, thousands of Australians have asked Just Group a simple question: “When are you going to stop breaking hearts and sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord?” Their response? Not happening. Stop asking.

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Understanding The Alliance and The Accord on Bangladesh worker safety

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Since April 2013 Oxfam has been asking Australian companies sourcing from Bangladesh to join the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord. The Accord is a legally binding initiative that mandates independent safety inspections (involving trade unions and local groups), the right for workers to be able refuse dangerous work and obliges companies to help pay […]

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The Bangladesh Accord and why it is important

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The Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord brings together the United Nation’s International Labour Organization, Bangladeshi unions, international unions, the Bangladesh Government and garment companies to oversee safety inspections into more than 1600 garment factories in Bangladesh. We are concerned that company’s own auditing programs and safety checks are not enough to ensure long term […]

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Fantastic news!

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We have just heard that after months of promises, Woolworths have finally listened to you and signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord. This means that soon, safety teams will be inspecting all of Woolworths’ (Big W) supplier factories in Bangladesh for building and fire safety. The news that Woolworths has finally signed the Bangladesh […]

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Decent Work and Bangladesh

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The 7 October is World Day for Decent Work. It is a day when groups around the world call in unison for social justice and decent jobs for all.  Decent wages as well as safe workplaces and freedom of association (the right to form and join a union of your choice) continue to be important […]

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Katies and Millers take action on safety in Bangladesh

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Thanks to the great work of Oxfam supporters like you, another major Australian clothing retailer has now signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord. This week, Specialty Fashion Group (incorporating the Katies, Millers, City Chic, Autograph and Crossroads brands) became the fifth Australian company to sign the accord, joining Kmart, Target, Cotton On and Forever […]

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Photo: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Women in fashion

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How Bangladeshi garment workers challenge the gender gap The fashion industry has the potential to improve the lives of the women it employs. But as long as gender-based discrimination and exploitative conditions persist, economic freedom remains unattainable for many female garment workers. Women’s organisations, unions and NGOs are working together to change this situation. According […]

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Photo: Stitched Up/War on Want

Zara, European brands exploit workers in Bangladesh

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A new report shows that women producing for top European retailers, including Zara, are struggling to survive on poverty wages.

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Image: Garment worker leader Moshrefa Mishu along with other leaders at rally in October 2010 (Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World)

Bangladeshi union leader illegally detained, in ill-health

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At 1:15 am on December 14 last year, twelve plain-clothed officers arrived at the home of Mashrefa Mishu, Garment Workers Unity Forum President and long time human rights activist.

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Photo: Fernando Moleres/Intermon Oxfam

Living wage project: Bangladesh

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Who needs to take responsibility to ensure that garment workers are not assigned to a life of poverty? According to former child factory worker, Nazma Akhter, not only local manufacturers, but also Western buyers must step up to the challenge.

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