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International Women's Day 2018

Oxfam stands with women everywhere.

We know when women and girls have equal opportunities and a voice in decisions that affect their lives, they become powerful advocates and drivers of change in their communities. As Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima tells us, International Women’s Day is a moment in which we are reaffirming our dedication to standing with all women, inside and outside our organization.

International Women's Day - March 8

We won’t stop fighting for women’s rights

This International Women’s Day, we’re joining women around the world who are urgently taking action to #pressforprogress to demand equal rights. Gender inequality is one of the oldest and most pervasive forms of inequality in the world. It denies women their voices, devalues their work, and holds women back from achieving their full potential.

Despite some important progress in recent years, in no country have women achieved economic equality with men, and women are still more likely than men to live in poverty.

Oxfam will continue to #pressforprogress by working to end the discriminatory beliefs and practices that lead to violence against women, supporting women who fight for their economic rights, and providing tools to help women become leaders and advocates in their communities.

In addition to ensuring that women have access to equal opportunities and resources, we know true gender justice means dismantling the power structures that allow for discrimination and abuse. It means we must recognize the privileges traditionally assigned to skin color, gender identity, sexual preference, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, income level, and education.

At Oxfam, we know we still have a lot of work to do to make gender justice a reality. And we’re absolutely committed to doing it.

We will challenge ourselves to #pressforprogress within our own organization by strengthening our systems to protect the people we serve, stamping out abuse, and listening to survivors and victims.

We will also continue to #pressforprogress in our gender justice and women’s rights work around the world.

  • In Mozambique, Oxfam recently helped advocate for laws that protect women against domestic violence. Now, we’re supporting local organizations to challenge harmful attitudes and beliefs that lead to violence against women.
  • In Zambia, we’re pushing the mining sector to include women as decision-makers in their communities and ensuring women benefit from mining revenue.
  • In Nepal, we’re helping schools de-stigmatize periods so that all children can focus on getting an education.

Empowered women can change the world

Through our work in more than 90 countries, Oxfam helps women and girls overcome gender discrimination, realize their potential, and assume leadership roles in their communities. When you join us in celebrating International Women’s Day, you’re playing a vital role in these efforts.

Women and girls are changing the world