Our Vision for 2030
Inequality drives poverty and injustice. Poverty drives more inequality, and the world’s poorest people suffer the most. We want a radically better world and we believe this is achievable by focusing on four key goals:
Just Economies, Gender Justice, Climate Justice and Accountable Governance.
At Oxfam, we are leveraging the influence of the island of Ireland and its diaspora for good. We are expanding partnerships, networks and our supporter base - all to challenge inequality to end poverty and injustice for good.
We hold governments, world leaders, corporations and other powerful people and organisations to account. We work to provide lifesaving and life-changing support in times of crisis. We help people lift themselves out of poverty by finding sustainable ways to build fair and independent lives, and we do this while recognising the structural inequality that they face. We work to amplify the voices of those hardest hit by poverty and increase their leadership to end these injustices once and for all
People and the planet are at the centre of just and sustainable economic systems.
Economic inequality hits the poorest hardest. It undermines the rights of workers and pushes more people into poverty. It also makes life harder for women and girls, who often carry the burden of unpaid care or experience discrimination when accessing employment and education opportunities.
Economic inequality fuels conflict and it means that the profits flowing to the world’s richest people are prioritised over protecting this planet, our only home.
But a just economy hits back against poverty. A just economy stands for inclusion, equality, fairness and protecting the planet. Together, we want to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the richest elite.
A just economy promotes the rights of all workers, offers social protection for the most vulnerable and places livelihoods, environmental sustainability and a world free of conflict at its core. It means fairer tax systems and an end to tax avoidance by wealthy corporations and individuals. It means supporting communities to prevent, mitigate and respond to weather shocks, and it means businesses aligning their strategies with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and human rights principles.
We are exposing and fighting against the policies that lead to injustice, inequality, poverty and exclusion. We are ensuring that the most powerful, including governments and the private sector, meet their obligations to implement fair, sustainable and responsible policies and practices that put people and the planet first - and we hold them to account when they don’t.
If the cycle of poverty and injustice is to be broken, women and girls, in all their diversity, must live free from gender oppression, discrimination and violence.
Across the world, women are more likely than men to be living in poverty. They are more likely to be prevented from accessing education or decent, dignified work and from having a say in the decisions and political policies that impact them. They are also more likely to suffer violence and carry the burden of unpaid care work.
Fighting poverty means tackling all of the discriminations and inequalities that fuel it. Our work seeks to dismantle the barriers that prevent women and girls and the LGBTQI+ community from claiming their rights, tackling patriarchal practices and norms that undermine people’s rights and damage their health and wellbeing.
We want women and girls, in all their diversity, to be free to participate safely and meaningfully in social, economic and political life, with full respect for their rights and dignity.
They should be free to exercise autonomy over their bodies and lives, and free from all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, including threats. Perpetrators of violence against women and girls should be held accountable. Survivors of abuse and violence should have access to free, high-quality support, services and justice, no matter the customs and religious laws that they live under.
Women should be represented equally in leadership positions. They should receive the same recognition and reward as men in business and political life, and be included in decision-making on peace and security.
At home and globally, we are working to challenge harmful social norms and belief systems that impact - and trap - women and girls in a cycle of inequality and poverty.
The climate crisis can be abated, with environmental “tipping points” averted through well-resourced, radical solutions that lead to environmental justice for everyone.
The climate crisis affects us all, with crop failures caused by catastrophic droughts and floods leading to insecurity and rising food prices in Europe.
But it hits those least responsible for causing it first and worst, the world’s poorest people. The devastating impacts of shifting weather patterns are leading to parts of the world becoming unliveable, with failed crops causing hunger, conflict and displacement.
Together, we can change this. We are amplifying the voices of those hardest hit by climate injustice, especially women-led organisations, young people and indigenous people.
We are putting pressure on governments and corporations to protect our planet and ensure a sustainable food system that means nobody goes hungry. We are working for a circular economy that eliminates pollution by tackling overproduction and overconsumption, especially in the textile sectors.
We place local knowledge, expertise and leadership at the centre of our approach. We ensure that those causing the most harm to the planet are held to account, and that those most affected by the climate crisis are supported to adapt to and thrive in this changed world.
Governance systems and governments must be people and planet-centred, just, inclusive and accountable.
When structures and systems are people and planet-centred, the right to essentials like clean water, quality healthcare and education are upheld. And when people can defend and claim their rights, they can lift themselves out of poverty.
Power must be held to account, because human rights are hard-won and never secure.
At home and globally, we hold government and world leaders to account in their obligations to uphold international humanitarian law, human rights and refugee law.
We are ensuring that those who experience exploitation, exclusion and crises can defend, claim and realise their rights, challenging injustice and inequality.
We fight for essential services including health, water, education and social protection, to be delivered in ways that do not exclude the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, especially women and girls
We are ensuring that digital rights are respected, that digital technology is accessible to all and that people can live safe lives free from corporate or government surveillance.
We pressure governments to respect and enable safe, democratic spaces that ensure they are accountable for their actions and inaction.
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