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Human Rights Must Take Precedent Over Intellectual Property Rights

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As duty bearers of human rights, it is the responsibility of states to ensure that their citizens are able to realise their rights. The High Level Panel's recommendations are set to come out in June and will be addressed to heads of state. It is yet to be known whether these recommendations will have an accountability mechanism attached to them so it may well fall to civil society to hold governments to account.

A Fair City for All

Rachael Orr | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Rachael Orr

We should all be angry that such high levels of deprivation exist alongside such wealth in the capital. The new London Mayor must tackle this crisis as a matter of urgency to ensure that prosperity is equally shared and millions of Londoners are not left behind.

Heartbreak for Syrian Refugee Family Awaiting a Home

Joelle Bassoul | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
Joelle Bassoul

Here we are watching rich countries debating yet again whether Syrian refugees should be allowed in or not, whether they pose a security threat or are linked to terrorist groups. At Oxfam, we've been calling for the resettlement of 10 per cent of the most vulnerable five million registered Syrian refugees...

Amanda Holden Let Her Kids Dress Her For A Very Good Reason

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents

Amanda Holden, Jamelia, Stephen Mangan and other celebrities have traded in their stylists and let their children dress them for a day as part of a ne...

Ethiopia Drought - Why It's Different This Time

Mark Goldring | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

Most of us remember the image of thousands of Ethiopians starving during the famine of 1984/85, the luckier ones seemingly fed only by the power of the Western media to incite compassion and belated action from international agencies. On a recent visit to the country, I heard how the weather conditions now are as bad as during that terrible disaster...

Richest 1% Took Quarter Of New UK Wealth Since 2000

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK

The richest 1% of the UK’s population has pocketed more than a quarter of the wealth created in Britain since 2000, it has been revealed. Over the p...

What Would You Do If Your Wealth Were $28Billion?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What sort of system have we created that relentlessly siphons wealth from the poor to the richest 1%, and in the process deprives humanity of the resources that could bring happiness, contentment and joy to billions of people? When, oh when, will world leaders take concrete steps to remedy this injustice and unfairness?

We Are Experiencing a Crisis of Global Inequality That Is More Than Just Deeply Unjust, It Is Bad for Us All

Katy Wright | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Katy Wright

Inequality has been shown to impact on the durability of economic growth and increases the chances of future financial shocks; it undermines social cohesion and equality for women; and it increases political instability. In a surprising echo to Aicha's words, the self-proclaimed zillionaire Nick Hanauer wrote in 2014 that "if we don't do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us"... Economic and policy changes in recent decades - including deregulation, privatisation, financial secrecy and globalisation, especially of finance - have supercharged the age-old ability of the rich and powerful to use their position to further concentrate their wealth.

A Coach-Load Of People Now Have More Money Than Half The Planet

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK

Growing inequality means a coach-load of people now own as much wealth as half the planet's population put together, a report from Oxfam says. New ...

Why Oxfam's London Fashion Week Show Will Make You Feel Good

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Style

This feature is part of a month-long focus around sustainable fashion across HuffPost UK Style and Lifestyle. Here we aim to champion some of the emer...

The Worst Place to Be a Woman This Year Got Even Worse

Laurie Adams | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Laurie Adams

Yemen may not be the worst place in the world to be a woman - being under the control of Islamic State may have that dubious honour - but it is perhaps the biggest crisis that is getting the least attention.

Is Microsoft More Advanced on Women's Leadership than Oxfam?

Laurie Adams | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Laurie Adams

"Will you please train us on the situation of women?" was the request from Avanade when they asked me to give a keynote speech at the Women's Leadersh...

Inclusive Capitalism: People Should Replace Profit as the Bottom Line

Mark Goldring | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

As Mark Carney and others have said, greater fairness is needed, because without it, the social contract that binds us together is weakened. When people feel that the playing field is far from level, that the rules are rigged by those with power and influence to work against them and their children, society begins to feel the strain.

Yemen: A Humanitarian Catastrophe

Chad Anderson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Chad Anderson

The third night of airstrikes was the worst. One I will never forget. I struggled to text my family as I shook like a leaf from head to toe. Waiting out the storm in an internal room, three walls between us and the fighting, I tried to breathe deeply as the entire house shook with each impact.

If We Want to Live in a World Without Poverty, We Have to Take on the Tax Dodgers

Nick Bryer | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Bryer

The Government yesterday announced its final pre-election budget and, as expected, there was quite a bit in there on tax avoidance. That's hardly surprising - we know that there is overwhelming public support for action on tax dodging. Unfortunately none of the big parties have yet gone far enough - and yesterday's budget announcements don't change that.

Ebola: A Turning Point?

Mark Goldring | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Mark Goldring

Oxfam is in Liberia and Sierra Leone for the long haul. We're continuing to work with communities to build understanding of Ebola treatment and how to stay healthy, providing financial support to help families get back on their feet, and helping them guard against infectious diseases by equipping schools and clinics with clean water and sanitation.

Poem Reading Reveals Stephen Fry Has Another New Love In His Life

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK

Stephen Fry speaks words from an atmospheric Shakespeare sonnet, to show his love this Valentine's Day. Standing on a roof, Fry smiles and says: "B...

Three Realities of Ebola

Mark Goldring | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Mark Goldring

It's clear that when the outbreak is finally beaten, major challenges remain for people like Stephen and Mohamed, Edwin and Finda. The three West African countries hit by the crisis will still be desperately poor, with weak health and education services and limited opportunities.

Don't Dodge the Issue, We Need to Crack Down on Tax Avoidance

Billy Hill | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

Like 30 million other Brits, the PAYE system automatically takes a certain chunk from my salary each month. However, for some, it's a different story. Tax avoidance has become global issue splashed across every national newspaper.

Davos 2016: One Year to Solve The Case

Claudia Delpero | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Claudia Delpero

It may be a rebalance of the economic powers, but the planet is far from being the place of equality. Oxfam claims that "in 2010, it took 388 billionaires to equal the wealth of the bottom half of the world's population and by 2014, the figure had fallen to just 80 billionaires." If the trend continues, warns the humanitarian group, in two years the richest 1% will have more than the remaining 99%.

This Election, It's Time to Take on the Scandal of Tax-Dodging

Jenny Ricks | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jenny Ricks

We all pay our tax. But as we've seen from scandal after scandal in the last few years, companies like Amazon, Google and Starbucks can get away without paying their fair share. Every year the UK loses billions of pounds to corporate tax dodging.

Richest 1% to Earn more than Other 99%

Jack Kershaw | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Jack Kershaw

But does this mean for those of us who, may not be in the top 1%, but have certainly earned our fair share of wealth?

Rising Inequality in the Global South: Time to Focus on the Solutions

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Winnie Byanyima

Today Oxfam announced that the combined wealth of the richest 1% will overtake that of the other 99% of people next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked. Inequality is spiralling out of control, but consensus on taking action against this issue of our time is gathering pace.

How Youngsters Are Leading the Fight Against Food Poverty

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

Up to 4.3 million tonnes of surplus food is produced each year, but only 2% of that goes to charities to feed the hungry. Around 3.7 million tonnes of this is destroyed or burned. While the political pressure simmers, an army of young activists are striving to tackle these issues from the front line. Chief amongst them is Grace Jones, a 15-year-old campaigner from Croydon.

The Growing Demand for a £10 National Minimum Wage

Alan Wyllie | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

It isn't hard to find evidence of income inequality in the UK. One easy way of showing the blatant inequality in our society is by comparing the rises in NMW against the raises of CEO salaries over the same time period. If the NMW had risen at the same rate a CEO's salaries then the NMW would now be a whopping £19 p/h. With that in mind, a £10 per hour NMW does not seem too much to ask.