What we do
Asia has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But the ever-widening gap between rich and poor is a stark reminder that our region is still home to two-thirds of the world's poorest people.
Even though countries in Asia are making good progress in growing its economies and reducing its poverty rates, the poor will remain poor, if inequality, social exclusion and vulnerability still exist. Climate change, poor governance, and humanitarian crises due to conflict, are also shaking Asia’s stability. Natural disasters and water shortages have increased, resulting to unhealthy competition for natural resources.
Two thirds of the poor in Asia are women. Yet, women’s voices remain under-represented in decision-making socially, politically and economically, at all levels. That is why women’s rights are at the heart of everything we do.
Oxfam is committed to addressing the root causes of poverty in Asia.
Our goal is to bring about a kind of change that will allow all women and men in our side of the world, to participate and enjoy the rightful benefits of Asia’s economic growth in a sustainable way.
Oxfam’s vision is that women will gain more power over their lives and live free from violence. We focus on building women’s leadership and participation in all areas that affect their lives – be it political, economic and social – so that they have a chance to influence the decisions and policies that address their specific needs, as part of decision-making on all poverty-related issues.