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If we are to end poverty we must tackle intersecting systems of oppression to realise gender equality and to protect, promote and realise the rights of women

We are working towards a world in which women and their allies are supported to challenge and change the conditions of poverty and discrimination they experience and achieve gender justice and equality. Poverty is sexist and racist, and women, particularly Black and Women of Colour, must lead and shape the solutions.

At the heart of our work to dismantle the structures of oppression is intersectional feminism which recognises that race, ethnicity, caste, class, age, marital status, sexuality, gender identity, (dis)ability and many other factors affect people’s experiences and ability to exercise their rights. By taking this holistic approach, we hope to create lasting radical transformations to the structures that constrain them.

We centre the experiences and voices of women, women’s rights and feminist organizations, who play an essential role in promoting gender equality and realising women’s rights to dismantle the inequalities that shape the experiences of all women and men around the world. All of our work on gender justice and women’s rights puts intersectional feminism at the centre, ensuring that it is strengthened at every stage.

Feminist Principles

As an intersectional feminist ally, Oxfam believes in ending sexism and that women should be free of political, social, and economic oppression and exploitation. In support of this aim, our work will be guided by 11 principles.

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Marlin Carine Garces Panameño, an activist in the Enough campaign in Colombia. Elizabeth Stevens / Oxfam