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New Oxfam safeguarding director says organisation primed to capitalise on official recommendations to make deeper improvements

Oxfam is well placed to expand upon the improvements it is making to its safeguarding systems and working culture, says new International Associate Director of Safeguarding, Victoria McDonough.  Oxfam publishes the fifth quarterly report of its Feb 2018 Ten-Point Plan in response to the Haiti sexual misconduct scandal. “Oxfam has made solid improvements over the […]

Oxfam welcomes Independent Commission’s recommendations and commits to deepen culture change and safeguarding improvements

Oxfam welcomes the final report of the Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change. “This is exactly the report we asked for following incidents of sexual misconduct of Oxfam Great Britain staff in Haiti that came to light last year,” Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima said. “We set up the Independent Commission […]

Oxfam International response to UK Charity Commission report

Oxfam Great Britain has today welcomed and accepted the UK Charity Commission’s judgment following its investigation into serious sexual misconduct by members of Oxfam Great Britain staff in Haiti in 2011. Oxfam Great Britain has apologised for its failings in its investigation and case management at the time and, as Executive Director of Oxfam International, […]

Oxfam continues to make progress implementing stronger safeguarding policies and driving cultural change

Oxfam staff are more aware and challenging of unacceptable behaviors as the organisation continues deep and wide-ranging reforms of its safeguarding work and culture, under its Ten-Point Plan. Oxfam publishes its fourth ‘quarterly progress’ report today against this plan. Oxfam’s new Standard Operating Procedures are improving the timeliness and consistency of its safeguarding reporting, including […]

Budget a hollow commitment to Australia’s First Peoples

Commenting on the Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples’ Program National Manager Ngarra Murray said: “This Budget fails to address the great needs of Australia’s First Peoples in the critical areas of health and housing. “Oxfam is concerned that in responding to the Closing the Gap Refresh, the Government has addressed – in a questionable […]

Budget blind to dual crises of inequality and climate change

This year’s inward-looking Federal Budget does little to tackle growing inequality in Australia or the world, Oxfam Australia said tonight. “This is an extremely disappointing Budget.  There’s been no improvement in Australia’s policies to tackle climate change, we’ve seen a continuation of cuts to Australian aid, and aid funds are being diverted from Asia to […]

Aboriginal-led solutions the key to “Close the Gap”

Responding to the 2019 Close the Gap Campaign report released today – on National Close the Gap Day – Oxfam Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ National Program Coordinator Jimi Peters said: “Today’s Close the Gap report highlights the urgent need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to be front and centre in […]

Helen Szoke announces retirement

One of Australia’s most powerful advocates for foreign aid, international development, human rights and equality, Dr Helen Szoke, is retiring, Oxfam Australia’s Board Chair Dennis Goldner announced today. Dr Szoke started as Chief Executive in January 2013, after serving as Australia’s Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. Her outstanding […]

Ground-breaking research reveals how our clothes are Made in Poverty

The systemic failure of big Australian clothing brands to bring an end to the payment of poverty wages is denying the workers who make our clothes even the basics of a decent life, ground-breaking research released by Oxfam today has revealed. The report, Made in Poverty, the first in-depth investigation of its kind into the lives […]

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