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Women like Kunta Devi, 54, have been standing up to violence against women: ‘Women should step up and speak up against violence. There is a belief in India that a husband feeds his wife and therefore he has the right to do anything he wants to her, including beating her. But we do a lot of work to support the family. So, we deserve their respect.’ (Photo: Ricky Wong / Oxfam Volunteer Photographer)

  • Population: 1.25 billion (July 2015 est.)
  • Human Development Index: 130 (among 188 countries)
  • GDP per capita: US $5,800 (2014 est.)
  • Population below poverty line: 29.8% (2010 est.)

Source: CIA – The World Factbook (as of 30 December, 2015), Human Development Report 2015

 

Oxfam in India

Oxfam India works to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. We see poverty as a problem where people are deprived of opportunities, choices, resources, knowledge and protection, and this leaves them excluded from the decision-making process.

Oxfam started operations in India since 1951. We work to bring change in people's lives by aiming for wider structural changes.

 

Our work's focus

Economic justice – Improve access to natural resources for poor communities and making agricultural models viable for small farmers, especially for women farmers, to sustain their rural livelihoods.
Education and health – Encourage active citizenship by empowering communities to monitor government schemes and by using innovative technologies.

Gender justice – End violence against women: Reduce the social acceptance of violence through policy and practices and bring about change in the social beliefs and systems that perpetuate violence.

Transformative women’s leadership: Increase women's participation in political and governance institutions.

Humanitarian response – Provide speedy humanitarian assistance to affected communities while ensuring that the poor can withstand natural disasters and secure themselves against any potential losses.

 

Impact of our work

'This project from Oxfam will help us get back some of the things we lost at home and at the same time, it has restored cleanliness outside our homes.'

Bhavani (left) lives in Cuddalore which is severely affected by the floods that hit in late November 2015. Oxfam offers cash-for-work for the vulnerable in the affected area. In this project, she is helping to clean up the debris. Together, she and 24 other villagers have filled up five truckloads of debris and garbage after working from 7:30 am till 3 pm. With this work, she can earn some cash to purchase tools to recover her livelihood. Days after having cleaned up the village, she continues to keep her village clean.