Oxfam India is a movement of people working to end discrimination and create a free and just society.
We work to ensure that Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims, and Informal Sector Workers, especially women and girls have safe-violence free lives with freedom to speak their mind, equal opportunities to realize their rights, and a discrimination free future.
(These groups have been identified on the basis of socio-economic development indicators. Several reports of the Government of India found that these groups are lagging behind on various development indicators. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes in their annual report found that in spite of specific provisions made in the Constitution, several legal and policy initiatives, institutional network and financial allocations, the socio-economic conditions of Scheduled Castes remain below the national average. The Tribal Development Report 2022 by Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation under the Union Ministry of Rural Development finds Adivasis at the bottom rung of India’s development pyramid. Sachar Committee found that the Muslim community exhibits deficits and deprivation in practically all dimensions of development. The High Level Committee on the Status on Women, 2015 emphasised the unequal economic, social and political status of women as an outcome of patriarchy and socio-cultural stereotypes about women. The Ministry of Labour and Employment notes the vulnerability and insecurities of the informal sector workers.)
By putting the rights of marginalized at the heart of everything we do, we work to create an equal India where everyone lives a life of dignity, free from injustice and inequality.
We are also part of the Oxfam global confederation with affiliates in 21 countries fighting together build a better world.
WHY WE ARE HERE
Millions of people in India face discrimination on the basis of their gender, caste and economic backgrounds. These interwoven and complex inequalities further divide our societies and make the voices of millions go unheard. Unequal societies tend to have higher levels of inequality and poverty. We are here to beat discrimination and inequality. We believe in creating a society where people are not forced to fight for their right to life and security, to be heard, right to education, health, shelter, food and water.
All lives are equal, and no one should face discrimination in realizing their rights. We believe the time to act is now.
HOW WE MAKE IT HAPPEN
Oxfam India believes in the power of people. We work with communities, local partners and supporters to fight discrimination with a feminist lens through three approaches.
ACTION ON GROUND
Rising instances of discrimination, growing inequality, unprecedented climate conditions, and greater uncertainty are new and require new knowledge and ways of working. We study, research and dig deep to find solid evidence which can help governance systems take inclusive policy decisions that address current risks so that poor and vulnerable people can realize their rights despite shocks, stresses and uncertainty.
Marginalized communities can gain control over their own lives by exercising their right to political participation, freedom of expression and information, freedom of assembly and access to justice. We support movements of Dalits, Muslims, Adivasis, and women and girls. We amplify their voices by engaging with active citizens to support their demands for equality and accountability from those in power.
We are committed to the people, both who we work with and our supporters.
Oxfam India believes in the power of people coming together for Justice and Equality.
In our 71-year history, we have seen that, when people join hands, raise their voice and demand action, change happens. We are committed to the power of people to fight discrimination and help marginalized communities pull themselves out of inequality and injustice. Therefore, our work and organization is based in the communities that are most affected, so that we can deliver change quickly and with impact.
Oxfam India uniquely combines the power of public and the learnings from grassroots with the strength of supporters, partners and allies to make a positive impact in the lives of millions of people.
From supporting women farmers in Bihar to demanding good quality education for children in Uttar Pradesh, from mobilizing public support in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad to delivering life-saving aid in Assam and Manipur, we strive to ensure that the most marginalized people are heard.
And we won’t stop until everyone in India can live a life of dignity free from discrimination.
OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Our vision is a just and discrimination-free India. Oxfam India will always be there in times of crisis and injustice to fight the inequalities and discrimination affecting the lives of millions of Indians.
Over the next five years, we will help many more people from socially and economically excluded groups (Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, and Informal Sector Workers), and especially women in exercising their right to live a life of dignity and free from discrimination.
And we cannot do it without your support. We need more voices to join us in speaking truth to power so that we can influence the policies and attitudes that will fight discrimination across the nation.
As India’s leading movement against discrimination, we will not rest until everyone in our country can live in a fairer, equal society, and leave injustice and discrimination behind forever.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Oxfam has been in India since 1951. It first came to India to respond to Bihar famine. In 2008, Oxfam India became an independent affiliate and an Indian NGO. Oxfam took stock of the states it was needed the most in and started working on the ground in six poorest states of India—Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Odisha.
Oxfam India is an autonomous Indian organization and has staff and board members from within India. Oxfam India is a member of the global confederation of 21 Oxfams across the world. Government of India has registered Oxfam India as a non-profit organization under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013.
Oxfam India has a long and well-recognized record of humanitarian relief in times of crisis. In the last ten years, Oxfam India has responded to disasters in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Kashmir, Manipur, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odisha. We have also provided aid to Internally Displaced Persons during Kargil War, Muzaffarnagar violence, Kokrajhar violence and others.