Women's rights

Photo: Tom Greenwood

You’re more likely to be poor if you are a woman. That’s a fact.

Of the 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty worldwide, more than two-thirds are women and girls.

Campaigning for gender equality is an important part of Oxfam's work, and putting an end to discrimination and unfair treatment is key to eliminating global poverty and injustice.

Here's why:

  • Women make up 75% of the world's work force
  • Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours
  • Women produce the majority of the world’s food
  • Women earn only 10% of the world’s income
  • Women own less than 1% of the world’s property

Oxfam is working with women across the Pacific and Southeast Asia who are speaking out against the discrimination they face while attempting to bring about positive change to secure their basic human rights.

Ending violence against women

Violence against women is universal. It injures or kills one in three women across the world.

Oxfam is working with partners and campaigners around the world to change policies, practices, ideas and beliefs, to break the silence and to bring an end to violence against women.

Find out more about our work in:

Oxfam New Zealand works with partner organisations in Southeast Asia and the Pacific that are addressing gender inequality and the problem of violence against women.

- See more at: http://www.oxfam.org.nz/what-we-do/issues/gender-equality/ending-violence-against-women#sthash.7h3y2vbz.dpuf

Oxfam Unwrapped

By buying a gift from Oxfam Unwrapped you can help support our gender justice work. Take a look at Oxfam Unwrapped's Protect Women gift or Microfinance a Woman pack to support women in overcoming gender based violence or starting their own business.