Fatoumata Tangara, a peer educator. Photo: Laeïla Adjovi/Oxfam
Fatoumata Tangara, a peer educator. Photo: Laeïla Adjovi/Oxfam
Fatoumata Tangara, a peer educator in Mali. Photo: Laeïla Adjovi/Oxfam

By Gabriela Bucher, Executive Director of Oxfam International

Just imagine, looking back to a time when COVID-19 brought us together.

Leaders who united to overcome a health crisis also gained the courage to avert climate catastrophe. The unstoppable global movements of #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #NiUnaMenos, climate strikers, workers, more, realized their calling. As they inevitably always would. Poverty fell. Ceasefires held. Politics became a process for dialogue not division. Out of the ashes of neoliberalism a new human economy was born.

That’s the hope.

Perhaps, instead, years from now we will recall how post-2020 saw the deepening of already terrifying trends…


Photo: World Bank / Henitsoa Rafalia

By Katie Malouf Bous, Oxfam International’s Senior Policy Advisor for Public Services and International Financial Institutions & Anna Marriott, Oxfam International’s Health Policy Manager.

While wealthy nations have been vaccinating their citizens at a rate of one person per second over the last month, the majority of developing countries have been unable to administer even a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Only three percent of people in these countries can hope to be vaccinated by mid-year, and only one fifth at best by the end of 2021.

Global efforts to improve access to vaccines through the World Health Organization’s…


Author: Vuyokazi Futshane, Project Officer- Mining and Extractives, Economic Justice Programme at Oxfam South Africa

Soweto Township, South Africa. Townships, whose demographic profile is predominately Black people and people of colour employed in low paying jobs that increase their risk of exposure to COVID-19, have become COVID-19 hotspots. Photo Credit: Sea Turtle.

A year after the World Health Organization first declared COVID-19 a global health emergency, we are nearing 100,000,000 cases and over 2,100,000 coronavirus deaths. And while the coronavirus can wreak havoc on anyone, anywhere, there is nothing equal about the impact that COVID-19 has had on marginalized populations.

Oxfam’s recently published report, ‘The Inequality Virus’, shows that the coronavirus has exposed, fed off and increased existing inequalities of wealth, gender and race.

Across the globe, we have seen that the virus has disproportionately impacted those…


This is a production of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights defenders Kenya (CGHRDs Kenya). This publication was supported and funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Flavia Anyango. Photo by Mercy Mumo/Vivian Kiarie

Making Soap to wash away the devastation of COVID-19; Flavian Anyango

My name is Flavian Anyango

I am a mother of one from the informal settlements of Kibera in Nairobi. I am a member of the Feminist for Peace Rights and Justice Center (FPRJC), a feminist organization that mobilizes efforts against sexual abuse and violence of women and girls.

When the pandemic started I was very scared because I had an infant who was still attending his monthly clinics but due to the restrictions applied on movements within the lockdown I could no longer take him to the hospital.

Most…


This is a production of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights defenders Kenya (CGHRDs Kenya). This publication was supported and funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Domitilah Guala Wairimu. Photo by Mercy Mumo/Vivian Kiarie

Everyone needs to live in a just and diginified world” even during the COVID-19 Pandemic; Domitilah Guala Wairimu

My name is Domitilah Guala Wairimu.

I am a human rights defender based in Mathare. I have been doing this job since 2016. I do this because l do not like to see injustice and l like helping my community. I deal mostly with the girl child and more specifically cases of gender based violence (GBV).

When COVID-19 was declared in Kenya and lockdowns were issued, GBV cases shot up. This was because of lack of jobs which also exacerbated the poverty…


This is a production of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights defenders Kenya (CGHRDs Kenya). This publication was supported and funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Surviving COVID one initiative at a time

My name is Annette Kendi.

I am a member of Kenya Peasants League, Kangemi cluster. I am a student at Kangemi Vocational Training Centre. This COVID period had been really tough, especially for young women like myself who depend on a single parent for support.

As a student, my first thought when COVID hit was how to support school going children. With the introduction of online classes, it was a challenge for most slum children to access these classes. I mobilized a group of older students who would work as volunteer teachers to…


This is a production of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights defenders Kenya (CGHRDs Kenya). This publication was supported and funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Evelyne Ados. Photo by Mercy Mumo/Vivian Kiarie

Keeping communal sharing alive in the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic; Evelyne Ados

My name is Evelyne Ados

I live in Mathare, Mabatini. I am a human rights defender, a feminist and a member of Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya. This to me is a calling. I found myself defending my neighbors especially women who were constantly facing domestic violence.

I have a passion to make sure women and girls are safe. It hurts me whenever l hear of a woman being violated. I have been doing this for about eight years now. The biggest challenge has been…


This is a production of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights defenders Kenya (CGHRDs Kenya). This publication was supported and funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Empowering the community to think positively through COVID-19; Beryl Anyango

My name is Beryl Anyango

I was born and raised in Kibera slums. I have been through a lot since COVID-19 started. My parents lost their jobs as casual laborers in Nairobi when the pandemic started and they could no longer get their basic needs like putting food on the table and also paying for school fees.

I started doing casual jobs so that I could provide for the family since it was very difficult for me to get a decent job and everyone was afraid of the disease. Also…


This is a production of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights defenders Kenya (CGHRDs Kenya). This publication was supported and funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Joshine Achieng. Photo by Mercy Mumo/Vivian Kiarie

Spreading hope and Global Solidarity in times of the COVID-19 Pandemic; Joshine Achieng

My name is Joshine Achieng popularly known as Dani.

I am a 24 year old young woman living with HIV. I was born and raised in Mathare informal settlement, currently I am the chairperson of Mathare Roots Initiative. I am very passionate about working with young girls and women in matters related to menstrual health hygiene, mental well Being and especially fighting for the rights of women and young girls living with HIV and AIDs. I want to be a mirror for them to be able to…


This is a production of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights defenders Kenya (CGHRDs Kenya). This publication was supported and funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Kamene Muthoka. Photo by Mercy Mumo/Vivian Kiarie

Beating the odds of COVID-19 with counselling and hope; Kamene Muthoka, Community health Worker with City Council.

My name is Kamene Muthoka.

I am a Community health Worker with City Council. My work involves visiting households and referring them to hospital or other appropriate places they can get help. If l find malnourished children or lactating mothers that need help, l find help for them. If l visit a resident and they need counseling do that. I have been counseling people in Mathare for the last ten years. My joy is when someone who had given up on life is…

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