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Gender equality

Without gender equality, poverty cannot be eradicated

Every day, around the world, women face discrimination, violence, abuse and inequality. It happens at work, at home and in society at large. Women are denied education, prevented from earning money and denied power.

The majority of people living in poverty in the world are women. They have fewer resources, less power and influence compared to men and may suffer further unequal treatment because of their class, ethnicity, religion or age. Gender inequality is a fundamental denial of women's rights and one of the reasons why people still live in poverty.

Despite significant progress, no country in the world has yet managed to achieve economic equality between women and men. Across the globe, women endure lower wages and poorer working conditions than men.

Economic gender inequality costs women in developing countries $9 trillion a year - money that could not only give women more purchasing power and better conditions for their families and communities, but also provide a major boost to the economy in general.

Supporting women to access jobs and improve their livelihoods is essential to ensure women's rights, to reduce poverty and to achieve global development goals.

It's time to build an economic system that works for women!



Oxfam believes that full gender equality and equity in all aspects of life should result in women, on equal terms with men, defining and shaping the policies, structures and decisions that affect their lives and society as a whole.

Further improvements in legislation and policy are necessary but not sufficient. We believe that the way society views gender and power relations, and the structures, norms and values that underpin them, must be transformed in order to eradicate poverty and inequality.


Women's rights - at the heart of everything we do

Whether we are working in a disaster, implementing long-term projects in a community or advocating, we are fighting against inequality and the deep-rooted discrimination that impoverishes women and keeps them in poverty. We work closely with women's rights organisations and feminist activists to fight inequality effectively.


Jobs and fair wages

We support women in their equal opportunities to secure jobs and fair wages as men, and their ability to work their way out of poverty.


We raise our voices

We support the fight for women's participation in decision-making at all levels of society and work to promote women's leadership.


No violence against girls and women

We work against violence against women with partners in over 40 countries by changing laws and challenging culturally accepted norms that treat women as second-class citizens.


Women in disaster situations

We design all our humanitarian work to meet people's needs in a way that promotes equality. In many crisis situations, women and girls are particularly vulnerable and need extra support and protection.