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 “The strength of my resolve to champion the rights of young women and girls is far greater than any fear of challenging long-held cultural practices or beliefs. If we will not stand up for our human rights, who else will?”, said campaigner Sittie Mohamad of Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation, a women’s rights organization based in Lanao del Sur campaigning to end child marriage in the Philippines. (Photo was taken in March 2020, before the Covid-19 lockdown) Photo Credit: Vina Salazar/Oxfam
Girls have been given much reason to hope in the Philippines. This November, a historic first, the Senate unanimously approved the Girls Not Brides bill, which proposes to criminalize child marriage .
Illustration by Vina Salazar/Oxfam
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, women's choices and rights to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care have been deprioritized and ignored.
Illustration by: Vina Salazar/Oxfam
In the Philippines, Oxfam, together with our local partners, are providing immediate aid and support to the most affected communities in areas affected by Covid-19 in Eastern Samar, armed conflict in Mindanao, and the succession of destructive typhoons in October and November 2020 that battered...
This International Day of Peace 2020, we are putting into highlight the leadership of four women pushing for conflict transformation in their own work.
A worker weighs bananas in a packing plant in Davao de Oro. Most women in the banana farming industry work in these plants, each handling hundreds of trimmed banana clusters per day. (Photo: Dada Grifon/IDEALS)
Last April, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), or the Philippine Central Bank, signed a Sustainable Finance Framework for all banks in the Philippines. The framework is a gamechanger for local finance. In the next three years, banks in the country will be required to adopt sustainability...
The Role of Financial Technology in Disaster Recovery Efforts Oxfam Pilipinas Lenndo EFL
Digital financial technology is playing a role in helping communities in the recovery effort. Oxfam has partnered with Singapore based FinTech, LenddoEFL, for its digital identity verification solution, known as electronic know your customer (eKYC). This technology allows the user’s identity to be...
On 27th May 2020, COM, UNYPHIL-Women, and IDEALS, Inc. provided psychological first aid (PFA). PFA aims to provide psychological support to ensure the mental need of the survivors, especially children, are addressed. The team also distributed water kits, and hygiene items to ensure that 348...
Oxfam Pilipinas and IDEALS conduct Legal Mission to South Upi
Barangay Kuya, South Upi is home to the Teduray Tribe, one of the most known Indigenous Peoples in the country. South Upi has vast lands of fertile soil home to healthy animals. Their primary livelihood is farming and their main source of power is solar energy. The Teduray lived peacefully until...
While the coronavirus crisis means that Oxfam’s work is needed now more than ever, we now have less money to pay for it. Like many charities and businesses, the pandemic has hit our finances hard. We’ve had to close shops, cancel fundraising events, and absorb rising costs. Fundraising conditions...
In the face of COVID-19, a new direction for Oxfam
Oxfam is on a journey from a confederation where power was held by its northern members who funded lifesaving work in developing countries, to a global network of organizations working together with allies both to beat poverty and fight its root causes such as conflict, climate change, and gender...

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