Sunday, February 5, 2023
ADVT 
Life

OXFAM - Helping the marginalized and fighting Injustice and Inequality

Mrinalini Sundar  Darpan, 25 Nov, 2022 05:23 PM
  • OXFAM  - Helping the marginalized and fighting Injustice and Inequality

India is a diverse country and for several years now a lot of Indians face discrimination on the basis of their gender, caste, and economic backgrounds. These social evils are heavily interwoven and complex which further divides our societies and makes the voices of millions go unheard. Unequal societies tend to have higher levels of inequality and poverty. So what does Oxfam do? They were established to beat discrimination and inequality by creating a society where people are not forced to fight for their right to life and security, to be heard, right to education, health, shelter, food, and water.

According to the Oxfam website, the organization works to ensure that adivasis, dalits, muslims, and women and girls have safe violence-free lives with freedom to speak their minds, equal opportunities to realize their rights, and a discrimination-free future. The professionals at the organization research to find lasting solutions to end rising inequalities and exclusion of marginalized communities from getting decent jobs, quality free education, and healthcare. “We campaign with the public to demand policy changes from governments for creating a just and inclusive country as envisioned in the Indian Constitution. We mobilize support to save, protect and rebuild lives of the poorest of poor affected by crisis and humanitarian disasters.”

Oxfam’s History: When it all started

Oxfam has been in India since 1951. It first came to India to respond to the Bihar famine. In 2008, Oxfam India became an independent affiliate and an Indian NGO. The organization took stock of the states it was needed the most in and started working on the ground in the six poorest states of India including Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Assam, and Odisha. Oxfam India is an autonomous Indian organization and has staff and board members from within India. Oxfam India is a member of the global confederation of 21 Oxfams across the world. The government of India has registered Oxfam India as a non-profit organization under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013. Oxfam India has a long and well-recognized record of humanitarian relief in times of crisis. In the last ten years, Oxfam India has responded to disasters in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Kashmir, Manipur, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Odisha. They have also provided aid to Internally Displaced Persons during Kargil War, Muzaffarnagar violence, Kokrajhar violence, and others.

What is Oxfam’s vision?

Oxfam is committed to the people, both who we work with and our supporters. According to their website, “Oxfam India believes in the power of people coming together for justice and equality. In our 70-year history, we have seen that, when people join hands, raise their voices, and demand action, change happens. We are committed to the power of people to fight discrimination and help marginalized communities pull themselves out of inequality and injustice. 

Therefore, our work and organization are based in the communities that are most affected, so that we can deliver change quickly and with impact. Oxfam India uniquely combines the power of the public and the learnings from the grassroots with the strength of supporters, partners, and allies to make a positive impact in the lives of millions of people. From supporting women farmers in Bihar to demanding good quality education for children in Uttar Pradesh, from mobilizing public support in Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad to delivering life-saving aid in Assam and Manipur, we strive to ensure that the most marginalized people are heard.”

What does Oxfam do and how do they do it?

The NGO provides urgent assistance to communities at risk in times of natural disasters and conflict. “We ensure that they realize their right to clean water, food, sanitation, and other fundamental needs. In particular, we reach out to women, adolescent girls, children, persons with disability, and elderly people in these communities.

An equally important aspect of our work is disaster risk reduction or the resilience of communities to natural disasters and conflicts. We do this by enhancing the preparedness of our partners on the ground, networks of humanitarian support providers, and the communities themselves, to cope with sudden natural disasters and conflict.” Oxfam India’s focus on ensuring essential services such as health and education is a direct way of reducing the inter-generational inequality that keeps people trapped in poverty. Another aspect is that the NGO works towards fair sharing of natural resources, specifically land, minerals, and energy, and ensuring better livelihoods for tribals and other forest-dependent communities.

How can you contribute?

From the crowd, birthday, and social fundraising to donations, petitions, and buying a gift, there is a lot you can do to support this organization achieve its goals. If you want to keep a track of their current projects, check their working papers, annual reports, fact sheets, and policy briefs, all available on their website. 

 

 

MORE Life ARTICLES

How you can keep pets warm this winter?

How you can keep pets warm this winter?

Winter can get extremely cold, hence it's best to make some quick adjustments to acclimatize your pet's routines. Here are some tips on how to keep your furry friends warm and cozy in the cold months. 

How you can keep pets warm this winter?

Kimberly Palmer: 5 ways to save this holiday shopping season

Kimberly Palmer: 5 ways to save this holiday shopping season

While prices are higher overall, retailers have already launched the holiday deal season, spreading out discounts and sales over the final three months of the year. Given that complicated background, here are the best ways to save money this Black Friday season:

 

Kimberly Palmer: 5 ways to save this holiday shopping season

Making first dates pocket-friendly

Making first dates pocket-friendly

This year, the dating APP found that its members are turning to affordable dates as frugal flirting catches on. Young daters are following suit as 73 percent of them prefer simple dates to fancy ones according to Tinder's new ways of dating*.  Here are some pro tips to get you started and make you cool. 

Making first dates pocket-friendly

WATCH: Darpan Cruiser brings highlights of Diwali Galas in Surrey

WATCH: Darpan Cruiser brings highlights of Diwali Galas in Surrey

Darpan Cruiser In Your City brings you highlights from some recent incredible Diwali events. The events featured the best of what Surrey has to offer in terms of entertainment, culture, music and much more.

 

WATCH: Darpan Cruiser brings highlights of Diwali Galas in Surrey

Interfor announces Q4 cut in lumber production

Interfor announces Q4 cut in lumber production

The forest products company says it's reducing output by 17 per cent of its quarterly capacity, or about 200 million board feet. It says economic conditions and market uncertainty are leading to reduced demand for lumber.

 

Interfor announces Q4 cut in lumber production

5 Days of Diwali Cleaning

5 Days of Diwali Cleaning

Most homes will clean every nook and cranny as part of the holiday preparations, including the furniture, mattresses, walls, ceilings, kitchen countertops, and cupboards. So, here is a five-day cleaning tipsheet from Dyson on how to clean room by room to assist you in completing a stress-free, thorough cleaning of your entire home this Diwali.

5 Days of Diwali Cleaning

PrevNext