Stopping hunger in Sri Lanka: Chandrani’s story (part 2)

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“The most important thing I have received from Oxfam is new knowledge … I have my self confidence and I can do anything.” In part two of her interview, Chandrani tells us how she’s growing a better future along with her vegetables.

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Stopping hunger in Sri Lanka: Chandrani’s story (part 1)

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Meet Chandrani, the ‘face’ of our Stop Hunger Appeal. Once a poorly-paid labourer, she now runs a home garden business that allows her to feed her family and earn a living from selling the surplus. But she didn’t do it alone.

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Historic agreement to help end fatal factory fires

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Phillips Van Heusen Corporation (PVH) who owns both Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein has signed a historic agreement to protect Bangladeshi garment workers from dangerous working conditions. PVH, one of the largest apparel sourcing companies acting in Bangladesh, has faced much criticism in the past for failing to act in response to numerous fatal factory […]

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Banking on buffaloes: Sokim’s story

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Bouncing buffalo babies, cassava crops, and no more food shortages: May Sokim talks about how Oxfam’s buffalo bank has changed her life and given her hope.

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Protocol shows promising signs for workers in Indonesia

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The region’s first Freedom of Association Protocol is showing promising signs for factory workers in Indonesia.

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An economic lifeline for women in rural Haiti

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By Oxfam’s Humanitarian Press Officer, Caroline Gluck “Unemployment is the only thing we have here”, declared Dumel Deralus, smiling grimly as we sat in the shell of a concrete building that will soon be a new expanded home for the Organisation for Community Development in Thomazeau, (ODECT), an Oxfam partner working to improve economic and […]

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South Africa and climate change

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Putting good food on the table can be a challenge for all of us. But for many people around the world, it is a constant worry just having enough food to feed the family. For the women of the Western Cape in South Africa, the lack of secure employment and access to land, as well […]

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From literacy to equality

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Literacy enlightens, empowers, inspires and increases a woman’s ability to earn a living. The more she learns, the better she’ll understand her rights — and the more likely she’ll be to speak up for herself. This is precisely the aim of the Yehimbole Literacy Project (YLP), a new community-led adult literacy program recently established in […]

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Full circle: a different take on trash

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A group of women in India are working their way out of poverty, using other people’s rubbish to build a better life. This eye-opening short film shows just how they’re going about it.

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Balcha with her family

Nine hectares of hope: irrigation in Ethiopia

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New agricultural know-how and a sense of community have turned Ethiopian widow Balcha’s life around. Despair has been replaced by hope and an unfamiliar sense of possibility…

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Harvesting a brighter future: women helping themselves

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Living proof that there’s strength in numbers, women in rural India are joining self-help groups and gaining newfound confidence, agricultural skills and a supportive social network in the process.

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Women Inspiring Change

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More than 5 million Indonesian women work in factories. Their wages are very low and they receive 30% less than their male counterparts. But many are actively trying to change this situation…

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Indonesian migrant worker advocate wins human rights award

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Workers’ rights advocate Anis Hidayah has received the Human Rights Watch Alison Des Forges Award for her tireless efforts to ensure justice and human rights for Indonesian migrant workers.

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Sneaky Business marches through Indonesia

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More than 240 people from around the world have joined Sneaky Business—an online march to demand workers’ rights in the footwear industry.

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Abuse part of daily bread for Converse workers

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Women making Converse sneakers at the Pou Chen Group factory in Sukabumi have been kicked, slapped and taunted by their supervisors.

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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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My thoughts on democracy and protest

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As workers, getting our message or opinion across to multinational corporations can be difficult. This is what makes the role of protests so important…

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WASH on film: action

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After months of planning and organising, it was showtime for the WASH film, with an action-packed few days of filming.

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What women want? The voice of women workers at the UN

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Union delegates at the 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women report that while increasing numbers of women are participating in tertiary level science and technology education, this has not translated into equal career opportunities or equal pay.

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Strong women, extraordinary challenges

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As a migrant worker Nining was under pressure to survive in her new environment as well as to provide support to her parents and family back home. At the same time, Nining could not stand the way that workers were treated and exploited within the factory.

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International Women’s Day 2011: The human faces of climate change

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International Women’s Day 2011 was a lazily hot Monday in Melbourne’s Federation Square for Oxfam volunteer Allen Ai Lilun.

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Working women with families

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Another friend of mine recently became a single parent. Her baby is less than a year old, but her husband deserted both of them. To get by as a single mother she works full time at the footwear factory.

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