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Mayra Dittman (R) helps Juanita Gilbert walk to the restroom at an Adult Day Health Care Center in Novato, California. The mean hourly wage of personal care aides is slightly over $10; the occupation is nearly 90 percent female. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Economic well-being

Another day, another 79 cents

On Equal Pay Day (April 12th), consider the gender wage gap. When my mom is angry, she says she’d like to spit nickels. Given women’s wages, however, she can’t afford to…

Ilwad Elman and her mother, Fartuun Adan, accept an Oxfam Right the Wrong award. “We believe everyone’s life is important,” says Adan. Photo Credit: Keith Lane/ Oxfam America Featured

“I fear for my mother every day”

On International Women’s Day, we honored three women whose commitment to peace and justice is unwavering, even in the face of violence.

Meas Sopheap can look at her Facebook page on her mobile phone.  Photo by Chris Hufstader/Oxfam America Featured

A farmer declares victory

On International Women’s Day, female farmers of Cambodia are building a movement, and one reaches a milestone for her family.

Oxfam Action Corps members with the banner they used to collect signatures at a film screening and panel discussion about climate change in October, 2015, in Washington, DC. Photo by Tapan Bhargava Climate change

Green Climate Fund brings a little optimism

I frequently worry about how poor farmers will adapt to climate change, but recent legislation gives me hope that there will be resources to help them.

Medhin Reda and her daughter in the village of Adi Ha, Ethiopia. Photo: Coco McCabe / Oxfam America First Person

Ethiopia afterthoughts: Did the camera turn me into just a tourist?

After a visit with farmers in Tigray and Amhara, a Susan Sontag quote gets under my skin. A photographer friend posted a Susan Sontag quote recently on his Facebook page that I happened to read right after returning from a field visit to Ethiopia. It made me think hard about the 10 days I had […]

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