Calendar

Oxfam’s media calendar contains stories and reports for the next few months. Do get in touch with the relevant contact if you’d like any more information or call the Oxfam press office on +44 (0)1865 472498.

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Ongoing

Yemen. Millions are facing starvation, water shortages and the threat of disease as the conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis continues. 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 13 million people are facing acute levels of hunger and many have endured decades of violence and conflict. Oxfam is working with communities to help prevent the spread of Ebola and over the past year has helped over a million people in DRC with emergency humanitarian assistance and long term work to improve their lives. For interviews and information contact Sarah Dransfield: +44 7884 114825 / sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk

The cost of fast fashion. The Environmental Audit Committee is investigating the social and environmental impact of disposable ‘fast fashion’ and the wider clothing industry. Oxfam campaigns for fair wages for workers and sells donated clothes in our high-street stores and online shop, which offer a more ethical and sustainable option. Nothing goes to landfill thanks to a unique recycling plant in Yorkshire and social enterprise in Senegal. For comment, images and case studies contact Emma Fabian: +44 7825 503274 / efabian1@oxfam.org.uk

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Close to a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh living in flimsy shelters still rely on humanitarian aid to survive. Conditions in the refugee camps need improving – a third of women say they do not feel safe. Oxfam is providing clean water and other aid, and calling for international pressure to end the discriminatory policies in Myanmar that caused this crisis. For information and case studies contact Melanie Kramers: +44 7825 088894 / mkramers1@oxfam.org.uk

February

15 Feb: Rohingya refugee crisis – UN funding conference in Geneva. For Oxfam comment and case studies contact Melanie Kramers: +44 7825 088894 / mkramers1@oxfam.org.uk

16-20 Feb: London Fashion Week. Oxfam spokespeople available to comment on sustainable fashion. Oxfam’s online shop and high-street shops around the country offer vintage and ethical fashion, with money raised going to fight poverty. Please contact Emma Fabian: +44 7825 503274 / efabian1@oxfam.org.uk

18 Feb: Oxfam’s fashion show Fashion Fighting Poverty. The show, styled by Bay Garnett, will feature models wearing garments donated to Oxfam shops, as part of London Fashion Week. For an information or an invitation, please contact Lys Holdoway: +44 7778 482 867 / lholdoway@oxfam.org.uk

26 Feb: Yemen pledging conference, Geneva. The UN will host a conference for international donors to pledge money to the aid efforts in Yemen. For interviews both at the conference in Geneva or in the UK, contact Sarah Grainger: +44 7810 181514 / sgrainger1@oxfam.org.uk

date TBC: Review of DfID spending. The Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes its review of DFID’s private sector investment in poor and fragile countries. For Oxfam comment or more information, please contact Meg Pruce: +44 7824 824359 / mpruce1@oxfam.org.uk

March

5 Mar: Forbes releases its annual billionaires list. Oxfam spokespeople available to comment on how the gap between the richest and the rest is holding back the fight against poverty. Please contact Melanie Kramers: +44 7825 088894 / mkramers1@oxfam.org.uk

7 Mar: Oxfam publishes new research on tax havens, including the overseas territories and crown dependencies. Tax avoidance strips countries of vital funds needed to fight poverty. In March, the EU is expected to update its blacklist of tax havens, showing whether countries have made progress on reforms. For more information please contact Meg Pruce: +44 7824 824359 /mpruce1@oxfam.org.uk

8 Mar: International Women’s Day. Oxfam can provide case studies of inspiring women we work with around the world, from farmers and traders to women leaders making a difference in their communities. Please contact the Media Unit:  +44 1865 472498 / media.unit@oxfam.org.uk

13 Mar: UK Government’s Spring Statement. For comment, please contact the Media Unit:  +44 1865 472498 / media.unit@oxfam.org.uk

15 Mar: Syria – eight years since the conflict began. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment on the humanitarian situation. Please contact Sophie Bowell: +44 1865 472 254 / sbowell@oxfam.org.uk

22 Mar: World Water Day. Around the world, Oxfam is finding innovative ways to provide clean water and sanitation in challenging conditions, helping to keep millions of people healthy when disaster strikes – from water ATMs in Kenya to the biggest-ever waste treatment plant in a refugee camp, in Bangladesh. Footage and photo case studies available from countries around the world. For more information contact Meg Pruce: +44 7824 824359 / mpruce1@oxfam.org.uk

12-14 Mar: Syria Brussels Conference.  For the third time in as many years, the EU will host a conference on the future of Syria, including pledges from donors for the humanitarian response in the country. Please contact Sophie Bowell: +44 1865 472 254 / sbowell@oxfam.org.uk

26 March: Four years since war began in Yemen. Oxfam spokespeople available to comment on the humanitarian situation. For more information please contact Sarah Grainger: +44 7810 181 514 / sgrainger1@oxfam.org.uk

March TBC: Immigration Bill to have report stage and third reading in Parliament with possible amendments on refugee family reunion. Oxfam spokespeople available to comment on the need to maintain safe routes for refugees and their families to the UK. Contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265 077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk

March TBC: Private Members’ Bill on refugee family reunion to return to Parliament for report stage and third reading. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment. Contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265 077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk

31 Mar: Mothers’ Day – refugee case studies. Oxfam can provide case studies of refugees separated from and reunited with their mothers. Contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265 077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk

April

 9-11 Apr: High Court Appeal on arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The Coalition Against the Arms Trade is appealing the 2018 decision by the High Court to uphold the UK government’s decision to continue to licence the export of military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Oxfam and other NGOs made submissions to the original judicial review over the use of Saudi weaponry in the war in Yemen. For more information, contact Sarah Grainger: +44 7810 181514 / sgrainger1@oxfam.org.uk

12-14 Apr: World Bank and IMF spring meetings in Washington. Oxfam spokespeople available to comment on issues affecting people in poverty. Contact Melanie Kramers: +44 7825 088894 / mkramers1@oxfam.org.uk

Apr TBC: OECD publishes annual overseas aid spending figures. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment on UK aid spending. Contact: Meg Pruce +44 1865 472240 / +44 7824 824359 / mpruce1@oxfam.org.uk

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