6 ways you have helped Oxfam tackle inequality this year
In a year of continuous struggle and upheaval, you have never stopped coming out in the fight against inequalities.
As 2021 draws to a close, we marvel at Oxfam’s supporters and their dedication to ending poverty and injustice in the United States and around the world. This has not been an easy year – with an ongoing pandemic, continued societal upheaval, and crisis after crisis flooding the headlines – but you have continued to show yourself and your voice.
Here are some of the ways you made a difference in 2021.
1. You have helped the most vulnerable survive COVID-19 in India.
When the second wave of COVID-19 hit India in April this year, it created a public health crisis that overwhelmed hospitals and left people literally dying on the streets. In one month, there were more than 100,000 deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to over 300,000, the third highest in the world behind the United States and Brazil.
Thanks to your donations and support, Oxfam has been able to provide medical equipment such as oxygen tanks, beds, PPE kits and more to frontline health workers in hospitals across the country. ‘India, and we worked with 60 partners to provide hygiene kits, thermometers and oxygen level meters to families.
In addition to providing material resources, Oxfam urged the Indian government to help migrant workers return home with free COVID-19 tests, cash, shelter and isolation centers for those in need. , as well as to redouble efforts to prevent violence against women. .
2. You have raised your voice on behalf of asylum seekers.
More than 11,000 of you have joined us in demanding that the Biden administration end Title 42, the cruel and illegal policy used to return asylum seekers in danger. Applying for asylum is a legal way to enter the country, and preventing asylum seekers from making their requests is a violation of their human rights.
Along with the ACLU, the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, RAICES and the Texas Civil Rights Project, Oxfam is pursuing legal actions against the Biden administration to suspend Title 42 and defend the rights of asylum seekers. Your advocacy efforts allow us to continue to fight injustice at the border.
3. You asked for a popular vaccine.
Oxfam co-founded the People’s Vaccine Alliance campaign to fight for a patent-free, mass-produced and equitably distributed vaccine, available free to everyone, everywhere. In partnership with Health Gap, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, Partners In Health and many other organizations, we were able to deliver three million signatures to the Biden administration. Through your advocacy, we were successful in urging the administration to support a waiver of World Trade Organization intellectual property rules to make the vaccine more accessible to those who need it most.
4. You have responded to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
In May of this year, Gaza was devastated by rocket attacks and shelling in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, leaving nearly 450,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 100,000 displaced. Contributions from people like you have made it possible for Oxfam to work with local humanitarian organizations in Gaza to provide blankets and mattresses, hygiene items and supplies to provide clean water to 400,000 people. We were also able to give money to farmers so that they could go back to work. Oxfam plans to help 19 schools repair their water and sanitation systems.
5. You have supported ongoing humanitarian work in Bangladesh, Yemen, Ethiopia and other countries.
Oxfam’s support remains crucial in our ongoing humanitarian work in places like Bangladesh, where Oxfam and its local partners have helped Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar and now live in dangerous and overcrowded conditions.
In Yemen, your support has enabled us to help 3 million people since 2015. This year, thanks to donations from people like you, we were able to help those in the Marib region who have recently been displaced by the fighting. In the region. We have delivered money to over 2,000 families and emptied 55,000 liters of wastewater from the latrines every day.
Along with local partners, Oxfam continues to provide assistance to people displaced by fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. With your support, we call on all parties to observe a ceasefire, prioritize the safety of civilians, restore public services and grant aid agencies unconditional and safe access to help people threatened with famine.
6. You have fought the inequalities made worse by the pandemic.
If there is one thing that becomes very clear during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that inequalities make everything worse. This year, you have continued to join us in our fight for equality and justice. Almost 100,000 of you have advocated for a resumption of COVID-19 that addresses the root causes of poverty and injustice. You demanded that our elected officials invest in child care, paid vacation, fair taxation, fair access to vaccines, fossil-free energy, etc. Thanks to you, our voice is louder than ever.
This has not been an easy year for any of us, and yet you have remained committed to tackling inequality at its roots. Your support has helped people living in poverty around the world, whether they have been affected by COVID-19, survived conflict or are fighting for their rights. None of this work would be possible without you.
Help us continue the fight against inequalities.