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120 farmers, fishers and indigenous people, from Casiguran in the Philippines had walked over 300 km to meet the President. Creidt: Oxfam

Blog: Philippines: The day the President did not stand for the poor

Right after President Benigno Aquino III left, the hall broke down into tears and shouts of rage. It was a painful sight to see. Journalists ran in all directions, not knowing which part of the scene to cover. Priests and nuns, the Catholic clergy who solidly placed their support behind the marchers, came to console the women and men who were crying and shaking in just anger. "We are not going to give up the land. Stop APECO!" People were shouting.

The Rural Women's Market in the Philippines. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Day 3 highlights: Gangnam dancing and land grabbing a university

People are getting into the swing of GROW Week and turning it into a real festival. There’s a real vibrancy and creativity in how people are striking up conversations about serious issues.

Oxfam Australia supporter gets ready for an 'Eat local Feed Global event.

Blog: #GROWWeek 2012 kicks off with food competitions, calendars and TV ads

Welcome to #GROWWeek 2012! Check out this amazing menu. For starters we’ve got Filipino food calendars

GROW Week in Asia is going to be bigger than ever as eight countries cook up a feast of activity. Have a look here to get a full flavour of what is going on.

Female Food Hero Ester Jarome Mtegule looks on at her picture in the AWID photo exhibition. Photo: Jameen Kaur/Oxfam

Blog: Oxfam and partners at AWID: 'Power is access to resources.'

We can hear African drums being played from the speakers as we make our way into a room which feels like a giant cinema. Greeting us are over 2,000 women and girls, ranging in age from 7 to 80, from over 140 countries. It is a sea of colourful, traditional dress depicting histories and cultures from all parts of the world, all gathered for the 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development.

Personnes temporairement relogées dans un gymnase, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, Noël 2011. Photo: Glenn Maboloc/Oxfam

Blog: Philippines : pourquoi les questions sanitaires sont importantes, après Sendong

Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines – De nombreuses familles qui ont perdu leur maison lors de la tempête Sendong (dont le nom international est Washi) sont hébergées dans des centres d’évacuation bondés, avec un espace vital limité à la taille du matelas qu’elles possèdent.

Surpeuplés et sans eau courante, ces centres d’évacuation peuvent devenir l’épicentre de nombreux problèmes sanitaires, en un rien de temps. 

Displaced people temporarily relocated in a gymnasium, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, Christmas 2011. Photo: Glenn Maboloc/Oxfam

Blog: Philippines: Why health matters in ‘Sendong’ shelters

Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines – Many of the families who lost their homes to storm Sendong (international name: Washi) have since stayed in cramped evacuation centers, their personal space often defined by the size of the sleeping mat they own.

Overcrowded and without running water, evacuation centers can become a perfect storm of health problems in no time.

Vicky Aguiman, a 65 year-old resident of Purok Tambo, Macasandig, one of the worst hit areas in the city, now calls a public gymnasium home.

Blog: People power prevails in the Philippines

Some of the issues Oxfam works on aren't that simple. But as things go, access to cheap medicines is a fairly simple one - no one should have to make a choice between putting food on the table and getting treatment from illness.

Unfortunately, in the poorest countries, vital drugs are often priced out of reach - effectively making clinics and hospitals useless, as people can't afford to pay for medicines.

But people are fighting back, and winning.

Blog: Getting the voices of those impacted by climate change heard in Bali.

Sahba Chauhan has been busy for the past two weeks liaising with partner organizations in developing countries that Oxfam works with. I caught up with Sahba, at the conference on its second last day, to find out more about what she and our partners have been doing here in Bali.

Karina - Why is it important to have organisations from Least Developed and Developing countries here at this conference?

Blog: It's up to U Now - message to delegates Climate Change Conference

With just three days left to the conference closes, Oxfam blitzed delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, with a special photographic exhibition and calendar called "It's up to UNow".

The photos, are messages from people in developing countries, who are already having to adapt and live with the impacts of climate change, as well as people from rich countries, who are taking personal action to reduce their contribution to climate change.

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