Oxfam International Blogs - activism http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/tags/activism fr One woman’s story of fighting climate change – and how you can join her http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/10640 <div class="field field-name-body"><h3>Virginia’s story</h3> <p>“I see the climate is changing a lot,” says Virginia Ñuñonca, a farmer and community leader in the Peruvian highlands. “Before it wasn’t like this. Sometimes these days, with the cold and the frost, the grass gets really dry.”</p> <p>Virginia has experienced first-hand the single biggest threat to the fight against hunger: climate change. It’s already making people hungry. Around the world wild weather and unpredictable seasons are causing chaos for farmers. Food prices are going up. Food quality is going down. Soon climate change will affect what all of us eat.</p> <p>So far, so bad. But here’s the good news: together, we can turn this situation around.</p> <p><strong>Join us today to stop climate change making people hungry.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/food-climate-justice/stop-climate-change-making-people-hungry" title="Stop climate hunger" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>People are already taking action on climate change. In Peru, Oxfam helped Virginia to adapt to unpredictable weather by building a reservoir, and training her to use irrigation systems. “The reservoir and the training I received were motivation for me; I felt encouraged”, she says. After the reservoir was built, she dug additional irrigation canals, buying and laying the pipes herself.</p> <p></p> <p>Today, Virginia’s lush green fields sustain a herd of dairy cows.  “I can sell their milk and cheese...and make yogurt to feed my children. The milk is sacred. It’s a blessing”, she says. </p> <p>But she’s not stopping there. “I don’t want to be the only one with this reservoir,” she says. “I want all of my neighbors to get milk, to live, and to make progress.”</p> <h3>What you can do</h3> <p>From adapting to changing weather in South America to cooking smart in Europe, millions of people around the world are already taking action to deal with climate change.  But governments and businesses need to do their bit, too. Join us as we push them to:</p> <ul><li>Cut harmful emissions</li> <li>Help farmers like Virginia deal with changing weather</li> <li>Make sure there’s enough good food for all of us.</li> </ul><h3>Add your voice today to stop climate change making people hungry</h3> <p>In 2014 we’ll be taking on the world’s biggest companies, starting with the <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/behindthebrands" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>food and drink industry</strong></a>. And we’ll be fighting for real commitments from governments at a special UN summit on climate change. </p> <p>We’ll be in touch to show you how you can help pile on the pressure – and take action in your own life – so that everybody always has enough to eat, today and in the future.</p> <p><strong>Together, we can win the fight against hunger.</strong></p> <p><em>All photos: Percy Ramírez/Oxfam America.<strong></strong></em></p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong>Take action now: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/food-climate-justice/stop-climate-change-making-people-hungry" rel="nofollow">Join the Food Justice Campaign</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Briefing paper: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/node/36350" rel="nofollow">Hot and Hungry: How to stop climate change derailing the fight against hunger</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>One woman’s story of fighting climate change – and how you can join her</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/14-03-25-femme-changement-climatique-rejoindre-combat" title="L&#039;histoire d&#039;une femme luttant contre le changement climatique (et comment vous pouvez rejoindre son combat)" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/14-03-25-la-lucha-de-una-mujer-contra-el-cambio-climatico-y-como-puedes-unirte-ella" title="La lucha de una mujer contra el cambio climático (y cómo puedes unirte a ella)" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:00:01 +0000 Georgi York 10640 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/10640#comments Du 14 au 18 octobre, c’est la semaine CULTIVONS ! http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-10-14-semaine-cultivons <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>A travers le monde, dans plus de 15 pays, des milliers de personnes participent cette semaine à des événements célébrant la nourriture sous tous ses aspects, aussi bien en termes de plaisir que de pouvoir.</strong></p> <p>Le coup d’envoi de la semaine CULTIVONS a été donné lundi, deux jours avant la <strong><a href="http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/fr/" target="_blank" title="Journée mondiale de l'alimentation - 16 octobre 2013 - Des systèmes alimentaires durables au service de la sécurité alimentaire et de la nutrition (FAO)" rel="nofollow">journée mondiale de l’alimentation</a></strong> célébrée mercredi. <strong>Retrouvez sur cette page, mise à jour quotidiennement, un aperçu de ce que font des militants et soutiens du monde entier</strong> dans le cadre de cette fête internationale sur le thème de la nourriture. Vous découvrirez des blogs, des photos et bien d’autres manières de participer et de s’engager.</p> <p>Voici déjà un avant-goût (non exhaustif) de ce qui a lieu à travers la planète :</p> <ul><li><strong>Australie : </strong>Série d'activités autour du thème <a href="https://www.oxfam.org.au/grow/eat-local-feed-global/" target="_blank" title="Eat local, feed global - Oxfam Australia" rel="nofollow">«<strong> Eat local, feed global</strong> »</a> («<strong> </strong>consommer local, nourrir le monde »)</li> <li><strong>Belgique</strong> : Les bénévoles des différents <strong><a href="http://www.oxfammagasinsdumonde.be/" target="_blank" title="Oxfam Magasins du Monde" rel="nofollow">magasins</a></strong> Oxfam accueillent les clients avec des petits encas et amuse-bouches durables et de <strong><a href="http://www.oxfamsol.be/fr/14-20-octobre-semaine-CULTIVONS.html" target="_blank" title=" semaine CULTIVONS en Belgique" rel="nofollow">nombreuses activités</a></strong> sont organisées dans l'ensemble du réseau Oxfam</li> <li><strong>Burkina-Faso</strong> : 3e édition du concours culinaire des <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/LesKoudouDuFaso?fref=ts" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Koudou du Faso</a> </strong>au cours duquel seront également organisés un forum sur  le droit équitable à l’alimentation, un débat télévisé, un marché de produits locaux, une campagne d'affichage...</li> <li><strong>Canada</strong> : <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.ca/grow/act/grow-week" target="_blank" title="Participate in GROW week - Oxfam Canada" rel="nofollow">« Challenge Pepsi »</a></strong>, un test de dégustation très instructif</li> <li><strong>Espagne</strong> : <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/fr/blogs/13-10-18-amerique-latine-afrique-espagne-femmes-changent-monde">Rassemblement international de femmes</a></strong> leaders sur le thème du droit à la terre et à l’alimentation, et lancement d’un rapport sur la consommation responsable et le commerce équitable en <strong><a href="http://www.intermonoxfam.org/es/campanas/proyectos/semana-crece-en-mundo" target="_blank" title="Semana Crece en el mundo" rel="nofollow">Espagne</a></strong></li> <li><strong>Etats-Unis</strong> : Dans le cadre de la campagne La face cachée des marques, des militants ont organisé des <strong><a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/campaigns/food-justice" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">actions de mobilisation</a></strong> devant les sièges de grandes entreprises agroalimentaires. Une opération également menée au <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.ca/grow/act/grow-week" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Canada</a></strong> et aux <strong><a href="http://www.thebittertasteofsugar.com/?_ga=1.185130667.385399739.1381829781" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pays-Bas</a></strong></li> <li><strong>Italie</strong> : Oxfam Italia lance une série de courtes vidéos sur le Web pour proposer des solutions concrètes contre le gaspillage alimentaire et changer les habitudes alimentaires et la façon dont on produit et consomme nos aliments. A découvrir en <strong><a href="http://www.oxfamitalia.org/eventi/oxfam-italia-coltiva-il-consumattore-che-e-in-te" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">italien</a></strong> et en <strong><a href="/en/blogs/13-10-16-world-food-day-grow-method-italy" rel="nofollow">anglais</a></strong> !</li> <li><strong>Mexique</strong> : Tour de vélo de 3,3 km dans les rues de Mexico pour sensibiliser à la <strong><a href="http://oxfammexico.org/crece/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">sécurité alimentaire</a></strong></li> <li><strong>Nigeria</strong> : Débat radiophonique sur l’impact des investissements en faveur des femmes agricultrices</li> <li><strong>Nouvelle-Zélande</strong> : <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org.nz/what-you-can-do/events/back-roots-public-talk-about-broken-food-system" target="_blank" title="Back to the Roots - a public talk about the broken food system - Oxfam New Zealand" rel="nofollow">Débat public</a></strong> avec les fondateurs d’Ooooby et de Food Forest NZ</li> <li><strong>Pérou</strong> : Grande action publique devant le siège du gouvernement</li> <li>Philippines : <strong><a href="http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/conversations/41013-oxfam-world-food-day" target="_blank" title=" Where does our food come from?" rel="nofollow">Débat en ligne</a></strong> sur l'alimentation animé par l'acteur et mannequin philippin Mikael Daez</li> <li><strong>Tanzanie</strong> : Assemblée des femmes rurales et festival culinaire à Zanzibar</li> <li><strong>Dans plusieurs pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest</strong> : Diffusion de la chanson <strong><a href="/fr/blogs/13-10-10-ecouter-voix-paysans-eleveurs-africains" rel="nofollow">« Où sont nos 10% »</a></strong> rappelant aux chefs d’Etats africains leur promesse faite il y a dix ans d'investir au moins 10% de leur budget national dans l'agriculture.</li> <li><strong>Dans le monde</strong> : Dîners organisés pour la journée mondiale de l’alimentation</li> </ul><p>Comment participer ? Vous pouvez par exemple organiser un dîner mercredi soir, lors de la journée mondiale de l’alimentation : une bonne occasion de discuter avec vos convives de l’origine des produits, des personnes qui les cultivent et les préparent et des façons de rendre notre système alimentaire plus juste et durable. Un petit <strong><a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/files/oxfam-america_2013-wfd-discussion-guide.pdf" target="_blank" title="World food day dinner discussion guide - questions and answers to guide your conversations" rel="nofollow">guide de discussion</a></strong> a même été créé pour l'occasion par Oxfam Amérique (en anglais) !</p> <p>Toutes ces activités s’inscrivent dans le cadre de notre <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons" rel="nofollow"><strong>campagne CULTIVONS</strong> </a>– un mouvement mondial de personnes et d’organisations qui sont déterminées à s’attaquer aux causes de la faim et aux intérêts particuliers qui privent des populations de la nourriture dont elles ont besoin.</p> <h3>Consommateurs, vous avez le pouvoir !</h3> <p>A l'occasion de cette semaine CULTIVONS, utilisez votre pouvoir de consommateur-trice pour changer la façon dont les géants de l'agroalimentaire opèrent. Alors que la demande de sucre augmente, les terres agricoles sont l'objet d'une véritable ruée. Oxfam a constaté que des sociétés qui fournissent en sucre <strong><a href="/fr/blogs/13-10-02-coca-cola-pepsi-abf-sucre-accaparements-terres" rel="nofollow">Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Associated British Foods</a></strong> et d'autres géants de l'agroalimentaire chassent des paysans pauvres de leurs terres et les privent de leurs droits, laissant nombre d'entre eux sans abri et sans nourriture.</p> <p>Les accaparements de terres sont l'ingrédient secret - et amer - de l'industrie du sucre. Mais nous pouvons faire en sorte que cela change. En tant que consommateur-trice, votre avis compte aux yeux des grandes entreprises agroalimentaires. <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons/lafacecachedesmarques" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Découvrez la face cachée des marques et agissez !</a></strong></p> <h3>Rejoignez le mouvement !</h3> <p></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Du 14 au 18 octobre, c’est la semaine CULTIVONS !</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-10-14-grow-week-2013" title="GROW Week 2013 is here! 14-18 October" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-10-14-del-14-al-18-de-octubre-llega-la-semana-crece" title="Del 14 al 18 de octubre, ¡llega la Semana Crece!" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:55:33 +0000 Georgi York 10481 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-10-14-semaine-cultivons#comments Momentum builds in the fight for land rights in Guatemala: Making us all a bit braver http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/81652 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>In 2011, 769 families in the Polochic Valley in Guatemala were evicted</strong> to make way for the Chabil Utzaj sugar mill. Without land to farm and any other support, they were plunged into poverty and hunger.</p><p>Yet the evicted communities have continued to fight for land, inch by inch, year by year.</p><p>In June 2018, the government provided land to 134 evicted families because of sustained efforts by people making it altogether 355 families evicted getting land now.</p><p>Almost half of those evicted, now have land to call their own.</p><p><em>“This struggle meant overcoming hunger and thirst, but now we can ensure we have land, not just for us, but for our children.”</em> - Juana Cuz Xol</p><p><strong>Seven years ago, it was hard to imagine</strong> that hundreds of evicted rural families – in one of the most violent countries for human rights defenders – would again have land. The fight is far from over, with hundreds of families still landless, but it is clearly gaining momentum.</p><p><em>“There are still families left out and we still hope that they can be given their land and have what we have. I’m happy but I’m also sad when I think about those other families.”</em> - Catalina Cho ‘Ico<br><br><em>“Land is the first step…what we need is to develop the community itself. The most urgent need will be water. There is no running potable water. Also electricity. We need a school and a health clinic.”</em> - Hermelindo Cux<br><br><img alt="Infographic on Polochic families" title="Infographic on Polochic families" height="1000" width="1000" class="media-element file-default" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/infografias-polochic-2018-ingles-2-1000.jpg" /><br>&nbsp;<br><em>“I am aware of each family’s suffering because we have suffered it together… That is how I was brave enough to participate in all the actions that we held and we still have demands that must be met.”</em> - Dominga Botzoc Pop</p><p><strong>The case is a testimony to the power of the powerless</strong> and marginalised – their steely resolve in the idea of justice, which can achieve extraordinary things. In fact, those who are most disadvantaged due to structural and systemic inequalities are the ones who provide the hope and steer us, to imagine a just society and a more equal world.</p><p><em>“I believe that the communities have played a key role in the defense of human rights. We continue to fight, we will not be silenced.”</em> - Hermelindo Cux</p><h3>The struggle for land rights</h3><p><strong>For many of us, it can be easy to forget</strong> that land is at the heart of everything – food, shelter, culture, identity and dignity. Land is life. It is critical to how we tackle climate change. It is the oldest story of inequality. Land rights struggles can also seem the hardest, the most enduring and intractable.</p><p>Across the world, communities are fighting similar mass evictions and dispossession while they stand to lose everything – just about everything. Their land is being concentrated into the hands of the wealthy and powerful, often violently and aided by financiers and governments.</p><p>The generational ties of communities to their land &amp; its resources – to its seasons, its plants, its histories (culture and economy) are deemed less legitimate than the rights of those living hundreds of kilometres away to evict them with the stroke of the pen.</p><p>Time and again, we see this justified under a flawed notion of development, the underlying premise of which is that the poor must sacrifice for the greater good – what is never made explicit is who exactly stands to gain the most by this process. The phenomena is so common it even has a name – “development-induced displacement”.</p><p><strong>The evidence is mind boggling.</strong> In 2015, an <a href="https://www.icij.org/investigations/world-bank/" rel="nofollow">investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists</a> found that between 2004-2013 the World Bank financed projects that physically or economically displaced 3.4 million people. In 2017, agribusiness was the most violent industry – it represented <strong><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2017/jul/13/the-defenders-tracker" rel="nofollow">46 of the 207 documented killings</a> of land rights defenders</strong> that year. Those killed are often everyday people, many are First Nations Peoples in rural areas.</p><h3>Violence and inequality</h3><p>The physical violence of forcing people from their land is embedded in a deeper system of structural violence – one which undermines the fundamental notions of equality and everyone having access to land for their basic needs, through a distorted narrative of legitimacy and entitlement that seeks to justify concentrating resources in the hands of the few.</p><p>The rules are written to favour the rich, and not infrequently accompanied by corruption and cronyism.</p><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mb0Szxwfn4I" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p><strong>The fight to secure land</strong> for the rest of 414 evicted families continues in Polochic Valley in Guatemala and it has gained strong ground with the allocation of land to 134 families recently. These struggles and fight back by communities such as the Polochic case, and others like it, make us all hopeful and a little braver.</p><p><strong>They give us faith</strong> that, in a world of growing restrictions on our civic and human rights, we can continue to fight for justice. We learn from the tactics and strategies these grassroots communities use.</p><p><strong>They remind us that it is important to fight</strong> the intractable, not just the achievable – and they teach us how to sustain hope and energy in dark times.</p><p><strong>They show us the power of solidarity</strong>, that every community struggle is part of a larger struggle and our ability to address worldwide inequality is rooted in the creativity, tenacity and bravery of everyday people.</p><p><em>This entry posted on 20 July 2018, by Shona Hawkes, Oxfam Land Rights Policy Lead, and Mamata Dash, Oxfam's Southern Campaign Lead.</em></p><p><em>Photo: Indigenous communities march for land rights, in Polochic, Guatemala. Credit: Diego Silva</em></p><p></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Momentum builds in the fight for land rights in Guatemala: Making us all a bit braver</h2></div> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:58:46 +0000 Guest Blogger 81652 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/81652#comments Standing in Solidarity with the International Women’s Strike http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/80961 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>By Bethan Cansfield (Head of Oxfam's Enough Campaign) and Rowan Harvey (Gender Advisor, Oxfam Campaigns)</em></p> <p><em></em>Recently, we’ve had the privilege to work with and learn from women around the world coming together to organize one of the largest women’s strikes in history. As Oxfam campaigners we stand in solidarity with the International Women’s Strike to be held on International Women’s Day, March 8th 2017.</p> <h3>Who will be striking?</h3> <p>Strike action is planned in over 40 countries, led by grassroots women’s movements. Strikers will take a range of actions depending on where they are, from walking out of work (from one hour to 24 hours), to not taking part in unpaid care work, to wearing a certain color, not withdrawing money from the bank, not shopping and sharing the messages of the strike on social media. Some countries are also organizing protests and events.</p> <h3>Why are women striking?</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.sayenoughtoviolence.org/">Violence against women</a> alone is a global crisis</strong>: more than a billion women worldwide will experience physical or <a href="http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/uttar-pradesh-baghpat-bagpat-gangrape-girls-ears-chopped-off-for-resisting-gangrape/1/850773.html">sexual violence</a> in their lifetime – that’s <a href="http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/facts-and-figures">one in three women</a>. This figure doesn’t even include coercive control, including psychological and economic control.  Women and girls experiencing multiple discriminations including because of race, disability, gender identity and sexuality and poverty, are impacted most.</p> <p><strong>Women continue to be <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/research/economy-works-women">marginalized in the economy</a></strong>, overrepresented in the lowest-paid most insecure jobs. At the current rate of progress, it will take 170 years for women and men to be employed at the same rates, paid the same for equal work, and have the same levels of seniority. At the same time, women continue to do considerably more unpaid work than men, such as caring for children, the sick and the elderly. Issues such as tax dodging by wealthy individuals and corporations mean governments have less money to spend on the essential public services that poor women need.</p> <p><strong>Rising fundamentalisms have seen increased attacks</strong> on sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly in women’s access to safe and legal abortion. Women, particularly indigenous women, are seeing their land rights eroded. And in times of conflict, women and girls suffer disproportionately.</p> <p><strong>Women are striking to say enough is enough</strong> – if our rights are not respected, protected and fulfilled then we will stop contributing to economies that exploit us, stop carry the burden of unpaid care work and instead stand in solidarity demanding our rights our recognized.</p> <h3>Why is Oxfam supporting the strike?</h3> <p><strong></strong>We are supporting the strike:</p> <ul><li><strong>In solidarity with women around the world</strong>, both those striking and those who are unable to strike, either due to job insecurity, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taeAxFDJqQw">fear of violence</a> and intimidation, because they are burdening the unpaid care work of caring for children, the sick or elderly, or due to other causes.</li> <li><strong>In solidarity with the women’s rights organizations and movements</strong> leading the strike. They are vital partners in our work and key actors in a global movement for change, empowering women and men to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. In supporting their efforts we seek to respect their leadership and to amplify their voice and impact.</li> <li><strong>Because we recognize that without the concerted effort by governments</strong> that the strike leaders are calling for, it will be impossible to realize our mission to create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. Poverty is gendered and governments, corporations and institutions have been too slow to recognize this and too slow to take action.</li> </ul><p>Collective action in the face of injustice is a central principle in Oxfam’s campaigning and programing, whether in our work to end women’s economic inequality, end violence against women and girls, end the exploitation of women’s labor or to support those <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xgey5d48A0">facing and fleeing conflict</a> and insecurity.</p> <h3>Do women’s strikes have impact?</h3> <p>The organizers of this strike are building on similar successful strikes by women in different parts of the world, including:</p> <ul><li>In <strong><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/oct/18/gender.uk">Iceland</a>,</strong> women in 1975, which was credited with paving the way for the election of the country’s first female president, who was also the first woman in the world to be democratically elected as a head of state.</li> <li>In <strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/04/496526099/polish-women-hold-black-monday-strike-to-protest-proposed-abortion-ban">Poland</a>,</strong> women in October 2016 that halted plans for criminalizing abortion and miscarriage on 3 October 2016. 
</li> <li>In <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/22/in-argentina-women-are-fighting-back-against-gender-violence.html"><strong>Argentina</strong></a>, women in October 2016 in reaction to femicide and brutal repression of police of the Women’s National Meeting. The protests that followed led to the establishment of the International Women’s Strike platform.</li> </ul><h3>Ways to support the strike</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://parodemujeres.com/map-of-events/">Find out what is happening in your own country</a> and get involved.</li> <li>Wear the color that your national / regional women’s movement is calling for (black in Europe, purple in Latin America and the Caribbean and red in the US).</li> <li>Support the strike through your social media channels - you can find a list of sharegraphics from the movement here: <a href="https://twitter.com/womenstrike">https://twitter.com/womenstrike</a>.</li> </ul><p>You can also help raise awareness of violence against women and girls by sharing this video:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ova_C9v7F90?rel=0" allowfullscreen="" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>This entry posted by Bethan Cansfield <a href="https://twitter.com/BethanCansfield">@BethanCansfield</a> (Head of Oxfam's Enough Campaign) and Rowan Harvey (Gender Advisor, Oxfam Campaigns), on 2 March 2017.<br /></em></p> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Standing in Solidarity with the International Women’s Strike</h2></div> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:16:28 +0000 Guest Blogger 80961 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/80961#comments Collective voices critical to end hunger http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/27958 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>As GROW Week came to a close, Dorah Ntunga from Oxfam in Uganda reflected on World Food Day as the pivotal moment for Africa’s Women.Food.Climate campaign.</em></p> <p>Last week, in the lead up to <a href="http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2015/10/the-hottest-campaign-in-africa-this-world-food-day"><strong>World Food Day</strong></a> (Oct 16), I witnessed the true definition of power to the people. Across Africa, over twenty countries came together with a common calling to create a space for women to tell their stories and ask their governments to act on issues that are important to them.</p> <p>As we are all experiencing, the impacts of climate change are evident on our plates. This is why the <a href="http://womenfoodclimate.org/"><strong>Women Food Climate campaign</strong></a> makes so much sense regardless of where one comes from. Hunger, as a result of extreme weather - and its causes - needs to be put in the spotlight.</p> <p>Speaking to Anne, a woman from Kampala’s suburban area on why she’s supporting the campaign, she did not hesitate to say, “I no longer have a choice over what I feed my family because the prices of food have become extremely high. My mother, back in the village, can no longer send me bags of food as she used to to support the family because the harvests have been so poor. I actually need to send her money for food. She also has the same cry, things have to change to enable my mother grow enough food, that way I will have food too. This is why I am signing this petition.”</p> <p>Like Anne and many other voices of women from different countries it is evident that women are indeed feeling the impacts of climate change the most, as they have the responsibility of feeding their families. Women farmers currently account for 45-80 per cent of all food production in developing countries.</p> <p><strong>Climate change affects development</strong> and it increases already high poverty levels. The strong statements the campaign has generated particularly inspire me. In Uganda, Oxfam Country Director Peter Kamalingin noted that, “If you do not have food, it is difficult to be active in democratic processes or development.”  - a sentiment that resonates with many and could not have been articulated any better at a time when Uganda is gearing up for the next general elections in March 2016.</p> <p>True to his statement, hunger leaves people even more vulnerable and in Uganda nowhere is more affected than the Karamoja region where rain patterns have been erratic for many decades. This situation is now being seen not only in Uganda, but also across many other parts of the African continent.</p> <p><strong>Climate change is already</strong> <a href="http://Africa’s Smallholders Adapting to Climate Change The need for national governments and international climate finance to support women producers"><strong>eroding food production in Africa</strong></a> and will continue to hit the continent hardest, increasing food insecurity where it is already amongst the worst in the world. This is the time to act, the time to build resilience and strengthen communities ability to guarantee a future where we can all enjoy our rights with no insecurities of any form.</p> <p>The climate change story needs to be told, and I strongly believe our efforts in the campaign so far have gone a long way in influencing the global agenda. At the World Food Day celebrations in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni acknowledged Oxfam’s work on climate change in his public address. And at national level I have witnessed great collaboration with partners and communities at all levels.  </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kwis5o-oHHs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>It is my hope that</strong> <strong><a href="http://womenfoodclimate.org/">thousands of people</a></strong> who have signed the petitions across Africa and the rest of the world demanding our leaders to act will be listened to and their voices will count at the table where they will not be present. Leaders, particularly those from Africa, should therefore be sensitive to the needs of the people and their support of women farmers and make concrete commitments that address the impacts of climate change.</p> <p>Just like the old saying, I think Women.Food.Climate is a true stitch in time – leaders must therefore demonstrate their true leadership and act now to save the continent from adverse impacts.</p> <p>If world leaders make strong commitments towards tackling climate change at the <a href="http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en"><strong>UN climate talks in Paris</strong></a> it will be a great step towards putting us on the road towards ending hunger, achieving food security and fighting poverty.</p> <p><strong>I do hope the collective voices will make a significant difference.</strong></p> <p><em>This entry posted by Dorah Ntunga, Information, Media &amp; Communications Officer, Oxfam in Uganda, on 19 October 2015.</em></p> <h3>What you can do</h3> <p><a href="http://womenfoodclimate.org/"><strong>Demand world leaders take action for Women.Food.Climate.</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Share our GROW Week 2015 Storify:</strong></p> <p> </p><div class="storify"> <iframe src="//storify.com/Oxfam/grow-week-2015/embed?header=false&amp;border=false&amp;template=slideshow" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/Oxfam/grow-week-2015.js?header=false&amp;border=false&amp;template=slideshow"></script><p></p><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/Oxfam/grow-week-2015" target="_blank">View the story "Climate Change. Poverty. Hunger. It's all the same fight." on Storify</a>]</noscript></div> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Collective voices critical to end hunger</h2></div> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 17:01:30 +0000 Dorah Ntunga 27958 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/27958#comments India's historic Right to Education act: Why everyone should support Haq Banta Hai http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/26161 <div class="field field-name-body"><h3>Nearly 200,000 people have joined the <a href="https://act.oxfam.org/india/haq-banta-hai" rel="nofollow">'Haq Banta Hai' campaign</a> to make education a reality of every child in India. Will you?</h3> <p>India enacted the historic <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_Children_to_Free_and_Compulsory_Education_Act" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Right to Education (RTE) legislation</a> in 2009, nearly 7 years after making elementary education a fundamental right through a constitutional amendment in 2002. The RTE Act that came into force in April 2010 provides for 8 years of free and compulsory education to all the children between the ages of 6 and 14 years. Thanks to RTE Act, today 199 million children are in school and studying. However, still 6 million children between 6 and 13 years are out of school and majority (75%) of those out of school children belong to three most socially marginalized communities – Dalits (32.4%), Tribals (16.6%) and Muslims (25.7%).</p> <h3>Merely enrolling children is not enough.</h3> <p>That's why the Act has clearly laid down standards and norms to ensure that children are in school, happy and learning. The Indian Government had set a final deadline of 31st March 2015 to fully comply with all the norms and standards – infrastructure, trained teachers, evaluation method, etc of the Act. However, only 8% of the schools in the country fully comply with all RTE Act norms as of now.</p> <p>The 31st March deadline has been missed, and at the current rate of compliance, it will take India 63 more years to reach full compliance. Schools not complying fully with the RTE Act norms have a huge impact on retaining children who are already in school and the quality of education being imparted to them. This is one of the chief reasons why 2 out every 5 children drop out before completing elementary education. Early drop out from school is a major contributor to insecure employment, poor working conditions and lower wages later in life (ILO 2006).</p> <p><img alt="People take to the streets urging Education Minister Smriti Irani to chart a roadmap for full Right to Education (RTE) compliance. Credit: Oxfam India" title="People take to the streets urging Education Minister Smriti Irani to chart a roadmap for full Right to Education (RTE) compliance. Credit: Oxfam India" height="720" width="960" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/protests-for-india-rte.jpg" /></p> <p><em>People take to the streets urging Education Minister Smriti Irani to chart a roadmap for full Right to Education (RTE) compliance. Credit: Oxfam India</em></p> <h3>Inequality in India is rising at an alarming rate.</h3> <p>Education plays an important role in reducing inequality or as some say education is the biggest equalizer against inequality. Brazil, B of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRICS" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">BRICS</a> has shown that ensuring basic education to all can create a more equal distribution of human capital which would eventually lead to reduction in labour market inequality (Paxton 2012). Investing in basic education certainly plays an important role in creating more equal societies. Hence, by ensuring full implementation of Right To Education Act, India can achieve two things -- (1) quality education for all children and (2) <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/223702306467437503/" rel="nofollow">reduction in inequality</a>.</p> <p>To make education a reality of every child in India, Oxfam India and its partners are calling on civil society groups and individuals to <a href="https://act.oxfam.org/india/haq-banta-hai" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">join the 'Haq Banta Hai' campaign </a>(I have the right). As part of the campaign, Oxfam India initiated an online petition asking the Education Minister to come out with a clear and accountable road-map to achieve full implementation of the RTE Act within next 3 years immediately.</p> <h3>Let's make basic education a reality for children in India.</h3> <p>Already, close to 200,000 individuals have signed this petition, and we are targeting to get at least 500,000 signatures within a month's time from across India and the world. Your support to this campaign by signing the petition will be significant in making basic education a reality of millions of children in India. You can also see how individual districts in India are performing on RTE Act through this interactive online tool created by us.</p> <h3>What you can do now</h3> <p><a href="https://act.oxfam.org/india/haq-banta-hai" rel="nofollow"><strong>Help make education a reality for every child in India</strong></a></p> <p><em>This entry posted by Deepak Xavier, Essential Services Lead, Oxfam India, on 9 April 2015.</em></p> <p><em>Top photo: Women signing the Haq Banta Hai petition in Delhi. Credit: Oxfam India</em></p> <p><img alt="Every child has the right to education." title="Every child has the right to education." height="1024" width="1024" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/mangalyaan_rte-1024x1024.jpg" /></p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><a href="https://www.oxfamindia.org/10-things-rte" rel="nofollow"><strong>10 things you need to know about India's Right To Education Act</strong></a> <em>(Oxfam India)</em></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/reactions/oxfam-reaction-unesco-global-monitoring-report-2015" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's reaction to the UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2015: Education for All 2000-2015</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>India&#039;s historic Right to Education act: Why everyone should support Haq Banta Hai</h2></div> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:10:57 +0000 Deepak Xavier 26161 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/26161#comments How UN CSW can make Post-2015 more relevant to women’s rights http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/26052 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>This entry posted by Shawna Wakefield (<a href="http://twitter.com/ShawnaWakefield" rel="nofollow">@ShawnaWakefield</a>), Oxfam's Senior Gender Justice Lead, and Caroline Green, Oxfam Gender Policy Advisor, on 26 March 2015.</em></p> <p>A breakthrough agreement was made for gender equality and women’s rights 20 years ago in Beijing, known as the <a href="http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/platform/" rel="nofollow">Beijing Platform for Action</a> (BPfA). From March 9 to 20, government ministers met in New York for the annual <a href="http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015" rel="nofollow">UN Commission on the Status of Women</a> (CSW), to present a Political Declaration that summed up the achievements of the last two decades and committed to achieving gender equality by 2030.</p> <p>Most of the estimated 8600 civil society representatives that came to CSW came to <strong>demand more from their governments</strong> than a reiteration of what was ambitiously agreed in 1995. They also recognize that achieving gender equality by 2030 requires a significant increase in implementation, changes in social norms and recognition of the role of movements in how transformation happens.</p> <p>At minimum, a cessation of the regular and systematic violation of women’s human rights – from sexual and reproductive health and rights, to economic discrimination, to violence against women, backlash against human rights defenders, and the impact of religious fundamentalisms on women’s freedoms – is urgent.    In a context where CSW is the only multi-lateral space dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights, it is time to recognize:</p> <ul><li><strong>the centrality of women’s movements</strong> in achieving positive change</li> <li><strong>social norms change is needed</strong> to stop the roll back on gains already won  </li> <li><strong>Post 2015 as an opportunity</strong> to advance objectives of BPfA (and make amends for the shortcomings of the MDGs)</li> </ul><h3>Centrality of women’s movements in achieving positive change</h3> <p>As in other years at CSW, an inter-generational collage of feminist activists, human rights defenders, INGO staffers, leaders of women’s rights movements around the world, and private sector representatives lobbied, strategized and re-connected. But this year, instead of the usual Agreed Conclusions outcome document, a Political Declaration was announced on day 1 of the official meetings. Around 1,000 women’s rights and feminist activists and organizations – and others standing in solidarity with them, including Oxfam - were dissatisfied and <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IOSUTW_waxmw6BBwYRVETXS1XCq602WZ9f9q2H2KUfg/viewform" rel="nofollow">issued a statement to this effect</a>. These groups were expecting more than a reiteration of general commitments to gender equality but a more ambitious plan, with targets and indicators, for dismantling patriarchy and the deeply held social norms that keep it in place.</p> <p>Given the lack of proper negotiations, other statements expressed discontent with the lack of inclusion of civil society. The youth caucus, for instance, <a href="http://iwhc.org/resource/young-feminists-statement-for-the-59th-commission-on-the-status-of-women/" rel="nofollow">raised visibility of the need to recognize their issues</a> not as younger versions of those identified 20 years (or more) ago, but reflective of their particular concerns (<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhatYouthWant%20&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow">#WhatYouthWant</a>). An inter-generational dialogue was organized to reflect the need for shared learning, collaboration and cross-fertilization across generations.</p> <p><strong>We do need to celebrate the achievements since Beijing</strong>, catalysed and secured by women’s rights activists and movements. Some barriers have been broken for generations to come, including more constitutions that guarantee gender equality, more laws to guarantee equality, and more laws criminalizing violence against women (VAW). But, as noted from the coalition statements  and in bilateral and small group meetings during the weeks, the critical and unequivocal role women’s organizations, feminist organizations and women human rights defenders in pushing for gender equality, the human rights and empowerment of women and girls has been under-recognized.</p> <p>If the CSW and development actors in general don’t take this reality on board more seriously, it makes it more difficult to leverage achievements for lasting change.</p> <p>Now needed are new ways of convening, and bringing together new actors and norm setters, spaces to educate ourselves about the geopolitics and economics of today, to analyse power and to strategize about how to influence changes that will last. This requires resourcing, space and political support for women to come together and shape agendas (as pointed out in a small gathering of women’s human rights leaders organized by <a href="http://www.justassociates.org/" rel="nofollow">JASS</a> during CSW.</p> <h3>Social norms change to stop the roll back on gains already won</h3> <p>Unfortunately some at UN CSW were there specifically to undo hard won achievements on women’s rights. Among the trends seen since Beijing is the rise of religious fundamentalisms, including through the targeting of youth. New forms of social media and strategic communications are reaching wider audiences more quickly than ever before, with both positive and harmful effects on women’s rights. This plays out at CSW too. The proliferation of young people advancing these conservative agendas was visible, among those advocating for a roll back of political language that supports rights beyond hetero-normative family units or that secure sexual and reproductive health and rights.  </p> <p><img alt="Ending violence against women" title="Ending violence against women" height="515" width="289" style="float: right; width: 289px; height: 515px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 20px;" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/1-out-of-3-women-girls.jpg" /><a href="http://www.awid.org/eng=/Library/Development-gender-equality-and-religious-fundamentalisms" rel="nofollow">An Oxfam and AWID panel</a> on the subject of religious fundamentalisms, development and gender equality discussed a shared concern about the use of religion to violate women’s rights – including freedom of movement, leadership and participation in public life, sexual health and reproductive rights, access to resources and use of religion to justify violence. We looked at the issues in different contexts, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Latin America, the Middle East and trends globally in recognition of the fact that religious fundamentalism is a global phenomenon, and the fact that nowhere is culture static or owned only by one group.</p> <p>Wider than this, however, is the concern that discrimination against women is being reinforced, or newly justified. We need to strengthen our analysis of the interconnections between gender, religion, culture, diversity, and development. This is an important basis for challenging discriminatory attitudes, behaviours, beliefs and social norms that undermine the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights. It will require both solidarity building across women’s and rights groups, based on the indivisibility of rights, as well as good power analyses of which new coalitions, decision makers, faith leaders and groups are supportive of women’s rights, and media can be influenced and mobilized to offer alternatives.</p> <h3>Post 2015 is an opportunity to advance objectives of BPfA (and make amends for the shortcomings of the MDGs)</h3> <p>This year includes negotiation of new sustainable development goals, and the anniversaries of Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, Beijing, and the MDGs. What is the significance of these processes, including CSW in this context? Big issues are at stake, but are these multi-lateral processes up to it or even appropriate for facilitating, influencing or supporting the kind of changes needed today?</p> <p>The UN CSW of the last two weeks did not mobilize the kind of political energy seen in Beijing in 1995, but there is still conviction that this space needs to work and multi-lateral action is still needed. <strong>In Oxfam we are putting more emphasis on national level change and influencing</strong>, and the current system is not working well enough, but year after year our partners and many other activists tell us that we need to be there. Indeed, Joanne Sandler and Anne Marie-Goetz, for instance, spoke convincingly to the <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/anne-marie-goetz-joanne-sandler/debating-5th-world-conference-on-women-defiance-or-defeatism" rel="nofollow">need for a 5th world conference on women</a>.</p> <p>In the meantime, this week, the UN is engaging in another round of international negotiations on the <a href="https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015" rel="nofollow">Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals</a>. Specifically, Member States are discussing the goals, targets and indicators for the new framework. With some States trying to open up the agreed goals and targets in the Open Working Group, women’s rights groups are highlighting that there is potentially much too lose in terms of the gender equality goal and gender equality targets on the table. It is critical that these broad targets agreed in the Open Working Group process, covering a range of the structural barriers women face from unpaid care and VAW through to participation and SRHR, are retained in the final Post-2015 framework.</p> <p>So far this week, the majority of States have called for the goals and targets to not be reopened. And in addition, many such as Ecuador (on behalf of the bloc of Latin American countries), EU, Mexico, Germany, El Salvador, Serbia and Liberia highlighted the critical importance of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_mainstreaming" rel="nofollow">gender mainstreaming</a> throughout the framework, including through the use of strong indicators for the gender equality targets, and sex disaggregated data for the indicators throughout.</p> <p>The post-2015 framework can never cover the comprehensive and visionary agenda set out in Beijing, and CSW does need to re-invent itself to be up to the task of advancing women’s rights in the context of backlash and ever changing expressions of repression. But keeping women’s rights squarely on the agenda, collaborating directly with movements, and addressing the hard issues will ultimately be necessary to accelerate implementation of any and all agreements to advance gender equality.</p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/tags/womens-rights"><strong>More blogs on women's rights</strong></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>How UN CSW can make Post-2015 more relevant to women’s rights</h2></div> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:45 +0000 Shawna Wakefield 26052 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/26052#comments I Care About Her: Building a movement of champions to end violence against women and girls http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/25703 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Over half of women in Zambia have experienced <a href="http://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/FR211/FR211%5Brevised-05-12-2009%5D.pdf" rel="nofollow">physical or sexual violence</a>.</strong> Oxfam is working with diverse local partners to end this. I Care About Her, which has been running since 2012, engages men and boys as allies in the fight against violence against women and girls (VAWG).</p> <p><strong>The program is making waves in Zambia.</strong> A national television and radio talk show spark debate and discussion about gender inequality and VAWG each week, and community discussion groups give men a space to learn about violence, take action to change, and convince their fellow men to do the same. School groups challenge girls and boys to act against VAWG from a young age. Mass marches have seen thousands of men taking a stand against violence against women and girls.</p> <p><strong>Even the Zambian government is paying attention.</strong> Oxfam has been asked to mainstream the I Care About Her training methodology in colleges for police officers and teachers. The Ministry of Gender has been in touch with Oxfam regarding a proposal to roll the program out nationwide.</p> <p>More than that, I Care About Her is making a real difference for Zambian women. Some areas where the program is being implemented now see fewer cases of VAWG, and women and men are able to have more fulfilling relationships. “Since this program, men feel they can express themselves,” says one I Care About Her champion from Linda Compound. “We talk more openly between us now,” agrees his wife.</p> <p><img alt="&#039;I Care About Her&#039; March, Zambia, November 2013. Photo: Oxfam" title="&#039;I Care About Her&#039; March, Zambia, November 2013. Photo: Oxfam" height="530" width="800" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/i-care-about-her-people-marching-oxfam.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Across Zambia, men are realizing the need to take a stand</strong> against violence against women and girls, and join women in the fight to end it. “We have always been taught that to be loving is to be weak,” says Solomon Jere, Deputy Inspector-General of the Zambian Police Force. “The first thing a man feels he must do when he is married is to exert his superiority. It is time to change.”</p> <p>Edgar Lungu, now the President of Zambia, spoke at an I Care About Her march, attended by over 2,500 men: “If you think you are going to be macho by beating women... you are in a wrong generation. If you think you are going to impress your fellow men by beating your wife, you are in the wrong generation.”</p> <p><strong>Oxfam and partners are working to create a new generation</strong>: a generation of women and men who stand up against VAWG and work together to make Zambia a safer place for women and girls.</p> <p><em>Oxfam is implementing I Care About Her in partnership with the Young Women’s Christian Association (<a href="http://www.worldywca.org/Member-Associations/Map/ZAMBIA" rel="nofollow">YWCA</a>), Zambia National Women’s Lobby (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/ZambiaNationalWomensLobbyZnwl" rel="nofollow">ZNWL</a>), Panos Institute Southern Africa (<a href="http://www.panos.org.zm/" rel="nofollow">PSAf)</a>, Women in Law in Southern Africa (<a href="http://www.wlsazambia.org/" rel="nofollow">WiLSA</a>) and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (<a href="http://www.fawe.org/" rel="nofollow">FAWEZA</a>).</em></p> <p><em>This entry posted by Alison Channon, Gender Justice Intern, Oxfam, on 9 March 2015.</em></p> <p><em>For more information, please contact Chloe Safier, Regional Gender Lead (<a href="mailto:csafier@oxfam.org.uk">csafier@oxfam.org.uk</a>) or Alison Channon, Gender Justice Intern (<a href="mailto:achannon@oxfam.org.uk">achannon@oxfam.org.uk</a>).</em></p> <p><em>Header photo: Men joining the '2,000 Men March' to publicly take a stand against violence against women and girls. Credit: Oxfam</em></p> <p><em>Inline photo: Daughters, mothers, wives joined their brothers, fathers and husbands during the I Care About Her! 2000 Men March. Credit: Oxfam</em></p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p>Read the full case study: <a href="http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/i-care-about-her-building-a-movement-of-champions-in-zambia-to-end-violence-aga-345992" rel="nofollow">I Care About Her</a></p> <p>More on the story of the <a href="http://www.oxfamblogs.org/southernafrica/?p=3659" rel="nofollow">2,000 Men March</a></p> <p>Some quotes originally appeared in “<a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f3f94cbc-99bc-11e3-91cd-00144feab7de.html#slide0" rel="nofollow">Esther Freud on Zambia’s campaign against male violence</a>” (Financial Times, February 2014), where you can also see more photos from the program.</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>I Care About Her: Building a movement of champions to end violence against women and girls</h2></div> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:10:21 +0000 Alison Channon 25703 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/25703#comments The end of UNFCCC COP20 in Peru: What will it take for governments to act? http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/24337 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>After <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/14-12-03-cop-20-oxfam-daily-download"><strong>two weeks of splitting hairs</strong></a> over key elements of a new climate treaty at the UN climate talks here in Lima, <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2014-12-14/rough-seas-ahead-climate-talks-paris-deal-still-horizon"><strong>governments failed once again</strong></a> to put the world on a pathway to keep global warming under control.</p> <p>It is sobering to think that this same process of UN climate negotiations started 20 years ago! What will it take for governments to act?</p> <h3>Reasons for optimism</h3> <p>Yet, as I am about to leave Lima, I am strangely filled with a great sense of optimism.</p> <p>Last week started badly with the looming threat of another major typhoon in the Philippines, the third in four years. Thankfully, <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/philippines-typhoon-hagupit"><strong>Typhoon Hagupit</strong></a> slowed down before it hit landfall.</p> <p>Years of efforts on Disaster Risk Reduction by local communities and the government, supported by Oxfam and many others, are also <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2014-12-07/oxfam-philippine-governments-massive-pre-emptive-evacuation-has"><strong>starting to pay off</strong></a>. While tragically 650,000 families were affected and 21 people lost their lives, last year the number of people killed by Typhoon Haiyan was a massive 6,300.</p> <p><strong>Needless to say, much more needs to be done to help communities adapt</strong> in the Philippines and elsewhere – <a href="http://www.unep.org/NewsCentre/default.aspx?DocumentID=2814&amp;ArticleID=11097" target="_blank"><strong>UNEP put out a report</strong></a> estimating the investment gap for adaptation in the developing world to be $350 billion - but the Philippines example shows that adaptation is not beyond reach.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" xml:lang="en"><p>"Climate change is not just about the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/climate?src=hash">#climate</a>, it is about our lives" <a href="http://t.co/fos1hMqyvM">http://t.co/fos1hMqyvM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Winnie_Byanyima">@Winnie_Byanyima</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COP20?src=hash">#COP20</a> <a href="http://t.co/an43bN820a">pic.twitter.com/an43bN820a</a></p> <p>— Oxfam International (@Oxfam) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam/status/543521024219041792">December 12, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Another highlight for me has been the fact that <strong>governments are finally committing money to the Green Climate Fund</strong> (GCF) — the $10 billion mark was reached in Lima. Oxfam and its allies have been working for years on this goal and when we started 8 years ago, we were doubtful we would ever see this day. While we are far from the badly needed $100 billion which was promised in Copenhagen in 2005, we can’t underestimate what has been achieved at a time when aid for development is increasingly unpopular.</p> <p>Even Australia, which is one of the biggest blockers on climate change, bowed to international pressure and <a href="http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_141210.aspx"><strong>committed $200 million</strong></a> here in Lima to the GCF. Now we have to make sure that mobilised resources are <a href="http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/australias-climate-fund-contribution-robbing-achim-pay-hela-60506"><strong>put to best use</strong></a> - for projects that truly cut emissions and keep people and economies safe from the devastations of a changing climate.</p> <h3>Power from the Peruvians</h3> <p>Since I’ve been here, I’ve been both energized and humbled by the <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/14-12-10-listening-people-amazon-during-cop-20-story-land-rights"><strong>strength and resolve of the people of Peru</strong></a> who are at the frontline of fighting against polluters and climate change. This week 15,000 people – the biggest climate march ever in Latin America - turned out.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" xml:lang="en"><p>Why we joined the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeoplesClimate?src=hash">#PeoplesClimate</a> March at the UN Climate Talks in Peru <a href="http://t.co/6hotpyG1Wa">http://t.co/6hotpyG1Wa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COP20?src=hash">#COP20</a> <a href="http://t.co/UcsNIppA2Y">pic.twitter.com/UcsNIppA2Y</a></p> <p>— Oxfam International (@Oxfam) <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam/status/543768612742651904">December 13, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The march ground Lima to a halt: indigenous peoples (facing the same threats as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-verb/the-widows-of-saweto_b_6289314.html"><strong>the Saweto community</strong></a>, whose leaders lost their lives to protect trees and rivers of the rainforest from illegal logging and mining), rural women from all over Central and South America defending their rights to farm their land against big agribusiness, trade unions who are demanding greener and better jobs, and thousands of others from all walks of life united in a call for climate action and for basic rights. This march embodied what fighting against climate change is all about — a fight for the people, by the people.</p> <h3>On to Paris</h3> <p>As we are gearing up for the final year of UN negotiations on a global climate deal, civil society groups from around the world gathered here in Lima. Trade unions, environmental and development NGOs, faith groups, social movements from Africa, Asia and Latin America, all vowed to make 2015 a turning point when governments and the private sector will give in to people’s demands and have the courage to take the actions that are required to keep all of us safe from climate change.</p> <h3>What you can do now</h3> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/campaigns/food-and-climate-justice"><strong>Join Oxfam's campaign to help stop climate change making people hungry</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Read the blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/14-12-10-listening-people-amazon-during-cop-20-story-land-rights">Listening to people of the Amazon during COP 20: A story of land rights</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Share this graphic below with your friends:</strong></p> <p><img alt="Graphic: Winnie Byanyima quote" title="Graphic: Winnie Byanyima quote" src="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/default/files/blogimages/winnie-final1-en-instagram-640x640.jpg" /></p> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>The end of UNFCCC COP20 in Peru: What will it take for governments to act?</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/14-12-17-el-final-de-la-cmnucc-cop20-en-per%C3%BA-%C2%BFa-qu%C3%A9-est%C3%A1n-esperando-los-gobiernos-para-actuar" title="El final de la CMNUCC COP20 en Perú: ¿A qué están esperando los Gobiernos para actuar?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/14-12-17-que-faut-il-faire-pour-que-les-gouvernements-se-d%C3%A9cident-%C3%A0-agir-face-au-changement" title="Que faut-il faire pour que les gouvernements se décident à agir face au changement climatique ?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:50:38 +0000 Celine Charveriat 24337 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/node/24337#comments COP20 : la marche pour le climat était la plus grande manifestation organisée au Pérou depuis vingt ans http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/14-12-11-cop20-la-marche-pour-le-climat-perou <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Nous sommes des milliers de personnes à avoir manifesté hier dans les rues de Lima.</strong> La marche pour la terre-mère et le climat était la plus grande manifestation organisée au Pérou depuis vingt ans. Elle faisait suite à la manifestation historique de septembre dernier à New York, qui avait rassemblé une foule.</p> <p>Ce mouvement mondial en plein essor, qui réclame et propose des alternatives au <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/campagnes/justice-alimentaire-et-climatique" rel="nofollow"><strong>changement climatique</strong></a>, se fait entendre et exige d’être écouté. Ses messages s’adressent aux responsables politiques du monde entier. Il est temps d’agir, avant que les sécheresses et les inondations ne fassent de nouvelles victimes, que davantage de personnes ne souffrent de la faim, qu’il ne soit trop tard.</p> <p><img alt="People&#039;s climate march, Lima, Peru, 10 December 2014. Photo: Oxfam" title="People&#039;s climate march, Lima, Peru, 10 December 2014. Photo: Oxfam" height="512" width="1024" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/climate-march-lima-10dec2014-twitter1.jpg" /></p> <h3>Mais pourquoi cette marche ?</h3> <p>Pour protéger notre alimentation et <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/perou-bresil-nicaragua-cuba-mexique-bolivie-el-salvador-republique-dominicaine/comment-les-femmes" rel="nofollow"><strong>les personnes qui la produisent</strong></a>. Pour protéger nos forêts et honorer la mémoire des personnes qui ont perdu la vie pour elles. Pour réclamer des lois fortes qui réduisent les effets du changement climatique sur les femmes rurales et pour que des millions de personnes puissent toujours manger à leur faim.</p> <p>Nous manifestons parce qu’en définitive, le changement climatique n’est pas juste une question de climat, mais aussi <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/fr/blogs/14-12-05-les-changements-climatiques-ne-concernent-pas-seulement-le-climat-ils-concernent-nos"><strong>une question de vie</strong></a>.  </p> <p><img alt="People&#039;s climate march, Lima, Peru, 10 December 2014. Photo: Oxfam" title="People&#039;s climate march, Lima, Peru, 10 December 2014. Photo: Oxfam" height="683" width="1024" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/peoples-climate-march-megaphone-10dec2014-percy-ramirez.jpg" /></p> <p>Mais, nous nous mobilisons également car nous avons le pouvoir d’agir et nous souhaitons en faire bon usage. Ce pouvoir citoyen, capable de combattre les injustices et de transformer le monde, naît quand des personnes conjuguent leurs efforts : quand nous manifestons, quand nous nous unissons dans cette lutte mondiale pour le climat et quand nous proposons et réclamons à nos dirigeant-e-s, quel que soit notre pays, des politiques qui favorisent le développement et la croissance sans détruire la planète ni nous priver de nos droits.</p> <h3>D’une graine naît une forêt</h3> <p><strong>C’est sous ce slogan que nous avons manifesté hier.</strong> La métaphore est parfaite. Si le pouvoir était une plante, la marche d’hier aurait été une formidable journée de semence. Nous étions des milliers de personnes à manifester ; des milliers de graines ont été semées et donneront naissance à une forêt luxuriante, plurielle, riche et pleine de vie. Une forêt qui ne pourra jamais être détruite.</p> <p>Une forêt qui devrait être écoutée : à tous les chefs d’État et de gouvernement, nous l’avons dit hier et nous continuerons de le répéter aujourd’hui et demain :<strong> il est temps d’agir !</strong></p> <p><em>Photo 1:  Percy Ramírez/OxfamPhoto 2:  Christian Clement/OxfamPhoto 3:  Percy Ramírez/Oxfam</em></p> <h3>Aller plus loin...</h3> <p><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/campagnes/justice-alimentaire-et-climatique" rel="nofollow"><strong>Pourquoi le changement climatique aggrave la faim dans le monde ?</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/fr/blogs/14-12-02-la-conference-des-nations-unies-sur-le-climat-a-lima-en-six-questions"><strong>La conférence des Nations unies sur le climat à Lima en six questions</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Vous pouvez <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/campagnes/cop20-lima" rel="nofollow">suivre les avancées de la COP</a></strong> et vous joindre à nos campagnes en nous suivant <a href="http://twitter.com/oxfam_fr" rel="nofollow"><strong>sur Twitter</strong></a>. Vous pouvez également nous aider à partager cet important événement qui se tient en ce moment même à Lima en recommandant ce blog à tous vos amis !</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>COP20 : la marche pour le climat était la plus grande manifestation organisée au Pérou depuis vingt ans</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-12-11-why-we-joined-peoples-climate-march-un-climate-talks-peru" title="Why we joined the People&#039;s Climate March at the UN Climate Talks in Peru" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/14-12-11-cop20-la-marcha-por-el-clima-mas-grande-peru-ultimos-20-anos" title="COP20: la marcha por el clima fue la más grande que ha visto Perú en los últimos 20 años" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:30:46 +0000 Susana Arroyo 24272 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/14-12-11-cop20-la-marche-pour-le-climat-perou#comments