Why care is a political act

Shawna Wakefield Active citizenship, Gender, Inequality, Influencing Leave a Comment

Facilitators Shawna Wakefield and Heather Cole outline why self and collective care is fundamental to social justice, and how individuals and organizations can lead by example. There are many ways to understand what care means. Here, we define it as looking after the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing, safety and dignity of ourselves and others. Too often, the focus …

Law as a tool to empower and achieve change

Noelie Coudurier Active citizenship, Climate Change, Governance, Influencing, Protection, Rights, Tax Leave a Comment

Noélie Coudurier, Sreetama Gupta Bhaya and Laura Gyte share a wealth of examples demonstrating how law can help drive positive change. As campaigners, we can feel ambivalent about law. As a product of society, it’s often structured to protect the privileged. Even the most progressive constitutions in the world, forged in times of political transformation and hope, are not yet …

Tax Havens Free Zones. Where think global, act local is more than just a slogan.

Rodrigo Barahona Active citizenship, Inequality, Influencing, Tax Leave a Comment

Rodrigo Barahona and Susana Ruiz describe how the Tax Havens Free Zones initiative is gathering momentum in the fight against inequality and poverty. When large companies and wealthy individuals divert part of their income to tax havens, this leaves governments without the resources they need to address poverty and invest in healthcare, education and jobs. Oxfam analyzed 200 of the …

New voices tearing up outdated economic norms and practices

Kwesi Obeng Active citizenship, Economics, Gender, Inequality, Tax Leave a Comment

Young women in Ghana are calling out the double standards that put them at an economic disadvantage.  Kwesi W Obeng draws parallels with Oxfam’s work on tax and gender. Some of Ghana’s brightest and most educated young women are openly criticising deeply entrenched cultural, social and religious norms that restrict women, dim aspirations and undermine their contribution to society. Under …

Using elections to amplify people’s voices

Rodrigo Barahona Active citizenship, Influencing, Participation and Leadership Leave a Comment

Elections can be an important influencing opportunity for people living in poverty. Rodrigo Barahona and Isabel Crabtree-Condor share what Oxfam has learned from our work in four countries. Elections are a defining feature of democracies. They are a formal moment when the average person on the street can exercise power by voting for the public policies they want to see.  Issues …

Should companies act when civic freedoms are under attack?

Mauricio Lazala Active citizenship, General, Influencing, Private sector, Rights Leave a Comment

Mauricio Lazala and Ana Zbona, from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, discuss how companies can help support civic freedoms and human rights defenders in the countries where they operate. Civic freedoms are being eroded around the world. According to CIVICUS, nearly six in ten countries are seriously restricting people’s fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression. Civil …