Calendar

Oxfam’s media calendar contains stories and reports for the next three months. Do get in touch with the relevant contact if you’d like any more information or contact the duty press officer on +44 7748 761999 (calls and voicemail, no texts).

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Ongoing

Yemen: Millions are facing famine, water shortages and the threat of disease as the conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis continues into its fifth year. Prices of food, medicines and other basics have soared as the currency has plummeted in value. Oxfam is working in Yemen providing aid including clean water and cash to buy food and other essentials. For interviews and information contact Sarah Grainger: +44 7810 181514 / sgrainger1@oxfam.org.uk

Democratic Republic of Congo: Over 1800 people have now contracted Ebola and over 1200 people have died, whilst humanitarian access and  community trust in the response has deteriorated. Oxfam is working with local communities to help build trust and prevent the spread of Ebola as well as responding to a number of ongoing crises in the country. Over 13 million people in DRC are facing acute levels of hunger and many have endured decades of violence and conflict. For interviews and information contact Sarah Dransfield: +44 7884 114825 / sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk

Cyclone Idai and Kenneth: Cyclone Idai tore through southern Africa hitting Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Hundreds of people are dead and countless more have seen their homes destroyed and are in desperate need of food, water and shelter. Mozambique was then hit by a second devastating cyclone, Cyclone Kenneth, putting a further 160,000 people at risk. Oxfam is responding in all three countries providing water, sanitation services, food and other essentials. For interviews and information contact Serena Tramonti: +44 7825 780651 / stramonti@oxfam.org.uk

Sustainable Fashion: Oxfam is campaigning on sustainable fashion throughout the summer. Shows at London Fashion Week Men’s in June will feature Oxfam donation points so visitors and participants can recycle their clothes. New research from Oxfam will shed light on the shopping habits of consumers and attitudes towards sustainability. Oxfam volunteers will campaign at numerous music festivals, leading up to Oxfam’s Second-hand September which challenges people to say no to new fashion for the month. For more information contact Harriet Hernando: +44 7557 077008 / hhernando1@oxfam.org.uk

 

June

June: Start of monsoon season in Bangladesh puts Rohingya refugees at risk. Close to a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh living in flimsy shelters still rely on humanitarian aid to survive. Monsoon floods and storms are likely to make conditions worse in the overcrowded refugee camps, increasing the risk of disease. For information and case studies contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk

1-7 June: Volunteers’ Week – a chance to celebrate millions of volunteers across the UK. Oxfam is incredibly grateful to the 30,000 volunteers who give their time to work in Oxfam shops, organise events and steward festivals, helping raise vital funds to fight poverty. Contact: Emma Fabian +44 7825 503274 / efabian1@oxfam.org.uk

7-10 June: Shows at London Fashion Week Men’s will feature donation points so visitors and participants can recycle clothes to Oxfam. For more information contact Emma Fabian: +44 7825 503274 / efabian1@oxfam.org.uk

13 June: One year since Saudi-led coalition forces launched a major assault against Houthi fighters for the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah. The date also marks six months since the internationally recognised government of Yemen and the Houthis agreed to a ceasefire for Hudaydah at talks in Sweden. For interviews and information contact Sarah Grainger: +44 7810 181514 / sgrainger1@oxfam.org.uk

14 June: Three months on: Cyclone Idai. On 20 March Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, hundreds of people killed and around 3 million in need of help. For interviews and information on what is happening three months on contact Serena Tramonti: +44 7825 780651 / stramonti@oxfam.org.uk

Mid June: The UK Government will review its progress towards meeting the sustainable development goals, including tackling inequality. Key findings will be presented at the High Level Panel Forum in New York in July. For comment, contact Oxfam’s media unit on: +44 7748 761999  / media.unit@oxfam.org.uk

17 June (TBC): UNHCR to release latest global data on refugees and internally-displaced people around the world. Oxfam spokespeople available to comment. Contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk

14-18 June: Giant Dolls’ House Project at V&A Musuem of Childhood, London. Oxfam has joined forces with architect Catja de Haas on an installation depicting the hopes, memories and stories of refugees and ordinary people in the UK, as part of Refugee Week and the London Festival of Architecture. For more information, contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk

20 June: World Refugee Day (also UK refugee week 17-23 June). Events to welcome refugees and raise awareness taking place across the UK. Oxfam supports refugees in many countries including Jordan, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Uganda, DRC, South Sudan, Greece and Italy. To discuss ideas for trips and features, or to speak to refugees in the UK, contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk

26 June: The Time is Now – mass lobby of MPs for climate and environmental action, organised by The Climate Coalition. Oxfam supporters will be lobbying their MPs in Westminster. Spokespeople and supporters available to comment. Contact: Lisa Rutherford / +44 7917 791836 / lrutherford@oxfam.org.uk

26-30 June: Glastonbury festival: Oxfam volunteers will be stewarding and campaigning on sustainable fashion, leading up to Oxfam’s Second-hand September which challenges people to say no to new fashion for the month. Oxfam on-site shops will also be selling festival essentials, raising funds to fight poverty. Contact: Emma Fabian / +44 7825 503274 / efabian1@oxfam.org.uk 

28-29 June: G20 in Japan. Leaders are expected to announce new measures to tackle tax avoidance. Oxfam spokespeople available to comment on issues affecting people in poverty. Contact: Melanie Kramers / +44 7825 088894 / mkramers1@oxfam.org.uk

 

July

July TBC: New research from Oxfam will shed light on consumer’s shopping habits, attitudes towards fast fashion and the need for a more sustainable approach. For more information contact Harriet Hernando: +44 7557 077008 / hhernando1@oxfam.org.uk

July TBC: Oxfam releases second annual scorecard ranking supermarkets on their human and labour rights record. Oxfam’s Behind the Barcodes campaign assesses human and labour rights within the global supply chains of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons and Asda. Contact: Lisa Rutherford / +44 7917 791836 / lrutherford@oxfam.org.uk

9 July: South Sudan – eight years since independence was declared. The humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate as hunger season peaks. After 5 years of civil war, two thirds of the population, over 7 million people, are in need of humanitarian assistance.  Oxfam is providing food, water and toilets, and supporting people to grow crops. For interviews and information contact Serena Tramonti: +44 7825 780651 / stramonti@oxfam.org.uk 

9-18 July: High Level Panel Forum reviewing progress on the sustainable development goals in New York, with a focus on Goal 10 (reducing inequality). For comment, contact Oxfam’s media unit on: +44 7748 761999  / media.unit@oxfam.org.uk

11-12 July: Oxfam ethical gifts showcased at Christmas in July festival in London. Oxfam will be at the festival with an ethical ‘Sourced by Oxfam’ Christmas range, including decorations, cards, homeware, and jewellery. Profits from all sales fund Oxfam’s work fighting poverty around the world. Photos and media package available. Contact Harriet Hernando: +44 7557 077008 / hhernando1@oxfam.org.uk

19 July: Third anniversary of community sponsorship scheme, a government initiative to encourage community groups to get involved in supporting the resettlement of vulnerable refugees. To arrange an interview with an Oxfam spokesperson or community group, contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk 

 

August

25 August: Second anniversary of the violence that led to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. Oxfam will be releasing new research on the status of more than a million Rohingya living in the world’s largest refugee camp. Photos and spokespeople available. Contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk 

25-27 August: G7 in France. Inequality expected to be a key focus. Oxfam spokespeople available to comment on issues affecting people in poverty. Contact Oxfam’s media unit on: +44 7748 761999  / media.unit@oxfam.org.uk

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