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Space to be Heard: Mobilizing the power of people to reshape civic space

July 24, 2018

The space for people to speak out, organize and take action against poverty, inequality and injustice is shrinking on a global scale. People in many countries around the world face serious restrictions and repression when exercising their basic rights. This includes citizens who raise their voices against corruption and political dysfunction, organizations that save lives and provide basic services to people in need, communities that defend their sustainable livelihoods and demand a fair share of natural resources, and activists who fight for gender justice.This paper outlines the analysis and strategic focus which inform Oxfam’s contribution to the global defence of civic space and sets out four key changes that we believe are necessary to reclaim and create it. It also gives some key principles and an open invitation to every civil society organization, donor, government, business and individual who subscribes to these same principles to join our common struggle to protect, defend and expand civic space.

Alive and Kicking: Women's and men's respones to poverty and globalisation in the UK

September 28, 2010

This paper explores what it means to be poor in a country generally percieved as wealthy, and how poverty itself is shaped by people's gender identity and their relationships to a changing labour market. Some of the issues raised will also have a resonance in other contexts where paid employment has in the past been perceived as a predominantly male preserve