Women's Economic Justice

When women have decent quality work, labour rights and earn a fair living, they can escape poverty and build prosperity

Around the world, women perform the worst work, earn less than men, do more unpaid work and bear the brunt of the widening wealth gap.

In many countries, husbands have the right to stop their wives from taking jobs, which isolates them and prevents economic independence. Caring for the family and home has long been the responsibility of women. This unpaid work means women and girls have less time to attend school, participate in their communities and politics, perform paid work and care for themselves.

When a woman is paid a fair and living wage and works in safe and decent working conditions, she has the power to lift herself out of poverty. This benefits her family and her community, too.

To create a more just society, we must prioritize the poor instead of the rich and powerful. We must build an economy that works for women.

Why Women's Economic Justice?

Around the world, women earn, on average, 23 percent less than men doing the same types of work.
606 M
In 2018, 606 million women said unpaid care work prevented them from doing paid work. Only 41 million men said the same.
1 IN 10
One in 10 people worldwide survive on less than $1.90 a day. The majority of these people are women.

What is Oxfam Doing?

We advocate for Canada to become a global leader in transformative programming for women’s economic empowerment. Together with partners around the world, we develop skills and technical training programs, and we advocate for fair wages and decent working condition to help achieve economic justice. 


Oxfam and our partners challenge traditional ideas of gender roles, which contribute to economic inequality. We engage community, educational and religious leaders to get their buy-in from the start.


We work to amplify the voices of women and girls throughout society: in labour and feminist movements, in business, in political participation and in local, state/provincial and national leadership forums.


We pressure governments to make all work paid equal and fair for women. We urge them to recognize and redistribute unpaid care work in Canada and globally through changes in policy and legislation.

Three Steps You Can Take Now

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Join Us

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Contribute to our fight for equality. Your support helps women access their rights and freedoms worldwide.

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