A People’s Vaccine — Free and Fair for All — to End the COVID-19 Crisis

This public letter to President Biden was updated on February 23, 2021 with new signers, now totaling 223.

A safe, effective and accessible COVID-19 vaccine is vital to bring an end to today’s dual economic and health crisis — so our families are safe, so people can get back to work, so we can live our lives again. No one anywhere is safe from this disease until everyone everywhere is safe.

As a cross-section of leaders from public health, business, faith-based, racial justice and labor…


In 2015, Oxfam published the 40 faces 40 years” photo exhibition, profiling 40 Sahrawi refugees four decades after the Western Sahara conflict erupted in 1975 forcing tens of thousands to flee to neighboring Algeria, where they remain to this day. This exhibition provided an opportunity to shed a light on the lives of generations of individuals born and raised in displacement.

Five years later, little has changed — the Sahrawi refugee population is marking their 45th year in camps situated in the middle of the Algerian Sahara, where life remains incredibly difficult. Temperatures reach up to 50 degrees Celsius in…


Pandemics know no borders. The sooner our leaders understand that urgent action must be taken everywhere — not just on our soil — the sooner we can begin to mitigate the spread of this devastating virus.

Oxfam America President Abby Maxman meets with an asylum-seeker from Honduras in Tijuana with Jorge Romero, Program Director of Oxfam Mexico in January 2019. Photo: Alyssa Eisenstein/Oxfam

This crisis is testing our values as nation and as a global community. It’s forcing us to remember that every person deserves to be treated equally and with dignity and compassion. …


A refugee woman puts the finishing touches on handmade tote bags that will be sold through the Oxfam led Lel-Haya project in Za’atari refugee camp. Photo credit: Becky Davis/Oxfam

Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan is the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world. With a population of almost 77,000 refugees, over half of whom are women and girls, the camp has gradually evolved from a small collection of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) tents into a caravan settlement due to the decade-long conflict taking place in Syria.

Starting in 2014, the camp switched out its temporary UNHCR tents to movable caravans, creating a more durable shelter setting for the refugees. …


A protest sign held at a rally in front of the US Supreme Court during a Muslim Ban hearing. Photo Credit Becky Davis/Oxfam

Three years ago, President Trump signed an executive order blocking people from Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the US. While the legal nuances of the Muslim Ban has evolved over the last three years, the ban still remains in effect today and is part of a larger anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-Muslim mentality of the Trump administration.

For so many, the Muslim Ban is personal and heartbreaking. Syrians are just one of the nationalities deeply impacted by President Trump’s cruel and discriminatory bar of entry. …


The inequality crisis our world is seeing today is spiraling out of control. The global economy is good at producing billionaires, but not so good at producing good jobs and rising incomes for working people.

Arlene, a shop owner and mother of four living in the Philippines, became the sole breadwinner in her family after her husband Eduardo suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed. Women and girls put in more than 12 billion hours of unpaid care work every day — a contribution to the global economy of almost $11 trillion a year. Photo: Jed Regala/Oxfam

While political leaders and business elites gather this week in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, our latest report, “Time to Care,” shows how our sexist economy is fueling the global inequality crisis.

In 2019, the world’s billionaires had more wealth than 4.6 billion people. That’s around 60 percent of our world’s population, and most of these people are struggling to survive on just…


The wall dividing the US and Mexico border at Tijuana, Mexico. Photo Credit: Alyssa Eisenstein/Oxfam

Today, December 18, is International Migrant’s Day. While some may associate the word “migrant” next to the word “crisis” and have visions of squalid conditions at detention facilities near the US southern border or parents with no hope left than to take their kids on a rickety boat to cross the Mediterranean Sea, we forget that migration is an entirely human endeavor that has shaped world history for millennia and our country’s history since its founding.

From the slaves forcibly brought to our shores from West Africa to the Irish who fled persecution, from the Vietnamese boat people fleeing the…


By Emily Robinson

Emily Robinson in Jordan with Oxfam visiting Syrian refugees who live in the Za’atari refugee camp.

The world is at odds with itself constantly. It crumbles while it rebuilds; we break apart, then we come together. Everything is a mess. A beautiful mess. A scary mess. A dazzling mess. This is a time of confusion and of restructuring the way we relate to one another. While there has been much progress regarding the safety, opportunity, and balance and equality of experience regardless of gender, progress seemingly comes in waves.

As an Oxfam Ambassador, I’m painfully aware that women and girls still make up the majority of 1.2 billion people who live in poverty…


Just two weeks until the election. Are you set to vote?

This election will have consequences for decades to come, especially for people who are living in poverty here at home and around the world.

Puerto Rico. Yemen. Syria.

Separated families. Climate change. Inequality.

Tax cuts for the rich. More tax cuts for the rich. Budget cuts to programs for the poor. Closing our country’s doors to refugees. There are a lot of wrongs to right. But together, we can fight for what’s right.

Some of our elected leaders are presenting us with a false choice: are you a part…


Finding feminist music at the VMAs and beyond

Photo: Oxfam in Bolivia

A lot of music videos are built on a particular formula, especially around the depiction of women. The three minutes that a song takes to play out are often accompanied by a line-up of women scantily clad and gyrating in the background, dehumanized props to sell the song. The music world can be highly problematic with the prevalence of misogynistic lyrics and its hypersexualized portrayal of women. …

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