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Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne teams to forge a new path on 2019 trail

More than 2,800 people committed to trekking the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne event for 2019 are setting off on the adventure of a lifetime this morning. Oxfam Trailwalker raises money for Oxfam’s work tackling poverty and inequality around the world and, to celebrate the event entering its third decade in Australia this year, Oxfam launched […]

Lives still at risk after Cyclone Idai

The number of casualties and people affected by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa looks set to rise from the two million currently estimated. Rains are still falling and waters rising in some areas. The destruction of roads, bridges and communications means that some areas are still completely cut off. Search-and-rescue – and eventually aid and […]

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 […]

Cyclone Idai leaves trail of death, destruction and homelessness in southern Africa

Oxfam will be responding with water, sanitation services, food and other essential aid to people affected by Cyclone Idai that hit Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on March 14-15. Scores of people have been killed, several hundred more are still missing and almost a million have been left destitute and in need of aid and basic […]

Three civilians killed every day in Yemen despite Stockholm agreements

Three civilians are being killed every day in Yemen – that is one person every eight hours – despite agreements reached between the internationally recognised government and the Houthis at talks in Sweden just over three months ago. In December last year the two parties to the conflict in Yemen agreed a ceasefire for the […]

Oxfam welcomes Labor’s vision on aid

Responding to last night’s announcement that a Labor Government would boost aid funding to Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), and focus on key areas including human rights, climate change, resilience and gender, Oxfam Australia Director of Public Engagement Pam Anders said: “Oxfam welcomes Labor’s leadership and vision on Australian aid […]

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 […]

Melbourne to celebrate 20 years of Oxfam Trailwalker with new 100km trail

Preparations for this month’s Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 100km event are in full swing, with hundreds of enthusiastic Trailwalker teams from across Victoria and beyond getting ready to dust their boots off ahead of an exciting new trail for 2019. Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the country’s largest charity walks and raises funds to tackle poverty […]

Yemen crisis forces families to take desperate measures to survive

Oxfam is calling on the Australian Government to commit further humanitarian assistance to the crisis in Yemen when countries meet today in Geneva, as it’s been revealed conflict, rising food prices and plummeting incomes are forcing people to resort to desperate measures to stave off hunger. Since the escalation in conflict in 2015, food prices […]

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