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.
By Nadia Daar, Head of Oxfam International’s Washington DC Office
In my last blog, I laid out why so many have been calling for a significant new issuance of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), a form of global currency that can be pumped into the global economy, with non-repayable allocations afforded to each International Monetary Fund (IMF) member country. Since February, things have progressed well and fairly undramatically on this subject. It is no longer a question of if we can agree on a new SDR issuance, but how to best use SDRs once they land in governments’ reserves.
To mark the killing of George Floyd in 2020 May, we asked three staff members from across the Oxfam Confederation to reflect on how they felt this moment last year and their thoughts on racial inequalities, globally and nationally.
Reflections from Kenya: views of Amina Hersi
What were your thoughts this time last year, when you heard or saw what had happened to George Floyd? Did it touch your life, and if so, how?
I refused to watch the video that was circulating of George Floyd’s murder. His murder happened during a spike in several femicides here in Kenya, in…
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.
Author: Vuyokazi Futshane, Project Officer- Mining and Extractives, Economic Justice Programme at Oxfam South Africa
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Oxfam is a world-wide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty.