Oxfam welcomes launch of women’s economic empowerment initiative

Oxfam cautiously welcomed the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative announced by President Trump and Ivanka Trump at the White House today. “It is very promising to see the first ever cross-agency initiative to put women at the center of US assistance, and we’re looking to see how it will be put in practice,” said Aria Grabowski, Senior Policy Advisor for Oxfam America. “We hope that this bold initiative goes beyond this media moment and that it will drive real change for women around the world.” Women’s economic empowerment certainly…

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Poor worse off as billionaire fortunes rise $2.5 billion a day

The 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw their wealth decline by 11 per cent last year while billionaires’ fortunes rose 12 per cent – or $2.5 billion a day, an Oxfam report published reveals. Public Good or Private Wealth? describes how decades of progress in reducing global poverty has slowed and is being undermined by the growing gap between rich and poor. The report, published as political and business leaders gather in Davos for the World Economic Forum, finds that 26 people now…

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‘UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album’ unveiled at Westminster as families across the UK call on Government to reunite refugee families

Amnesty International has unveiled the ‘UK’s Biggest Family Photo Album’ at Westminster to celebrate family life in all its glory and show the Government that the UK wants refugees arriving on its shores to be able to reunite with their families. The album, containing photos of just under 1,000 families, was created using submissions from every corner of the country as well as celebrities including Kate Moss, Richard Branson, Riz Ahmed and Edith Bowman. The precious moments shared – a family barbeque, a childhood holiday, time spent together across the…

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Oxfam announces new Chief Executive

Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah will be the new Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, the international agency announced today. Sriskandarajah is currently Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS, the Johannesburg-based global alliance of civil society organisations and activists with members in more than 180 countries. He joined CIVICUS in 2013 and was previously Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society (2009-13). Between 2011-12 he was seconded to be Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation.  Sriskandarajah said: “I am excited by the opportunity of leading Oxfam at this crucial point in its history. It…

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Never judge a book by its cover – a rare Piranesi raises thousands for Oxfam

A rare book of etchings by the Italian artist, Piranesi raised £30,000 for Oxfam when it was sold at Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers in Cambridge. The volume was part of a larger anonymous donation to the Oxfam shop in Olney, Buckinghamshire. Despite missing its front cover and being in a poor state, the book attracted the shop volunteers’ attention.  The book turned out to be one of a rare folio of 52 etchings of views of the city of Rome, by Italian 18thcentury artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Tim Street, who…

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