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

DEC Cyclone Idai Appeal. Oxfam and other Disasters Emergency Committee agencies are appealing for funds to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, where storms and flooding have caused devastation. Hundreds of people are dead and countless more have seen their homes destroyed and are in desperate need of food, water and shelter. Oxfam and other DEC agencies are working in all three countries to reach those affected. For interviews and information contact Serena Tramonti: +44 7825 780651 / stramonti@oxfam.org.uk

Yemen. Millions are facing starvation, water shortages and the threat of disease as the conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis enters 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. The number of people contracting Ebola has passed 1000. Humanitarian access and community trust 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

April

1 Apr: Oxfam GB Chief Executive Danny Sriskandarajah to give keynote speech at the NCVO annual conference. For more information please contact Jon Slater: +44 7876 476403 / jslater@oxfam.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

May

2 May: Committee on Climate Change report on the UK’s long-term climate change targets. Oxfam spokespeople available to talk about the impact of climate change on people in poor countries. Contact Lisa Rutherford: +44 7917 791 836 / lrutherford@oxfam.org.uk

15 May: International Day of Families. Oxfam can provide case studies of refugees unable to reunite with their families, and spokespeople to talk about the UK’s restrictive laws on refugee family reunion. Contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk

23 May-2 June: Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales: Oxfam will be participating at this year’s festival. Contact Cordelia Kretzschmar: +44 7469 930453 / ckretzschmar1@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. 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

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. For case studies contact Emma Fabian: +44 1865 472193 / +44 7825 503274 / efabian1@oxfam.org.uk

18 June: 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 791 836 / lrutherford@oxfam.org.uk
19 June: UNHCR Global Trends report. Annual report tracking of the total number of people forced from their homes by war and persecution during 2017. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment. Contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265 077 / ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk

20 June: World Refugee Day (also UK refugee week 17-23 June). Oxfam is supporting people around the world who’ve been forced to flee their homes. Case studies and spokespeople available. Contact Kai Tabacek: +44 7584 265 077 / 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 – please contact Lisa Rutherford: +44 7917 791 836 / lrutherford@oxfam.org.uk

26-30 June: Glastonbury festival: Oxfam volunteers will be stewarding and campaigning at this year’s festival, and Oxfam on-site shops will be selling festival essentials, raising funds to fight poverty. Contact Cordelia Kretzschmar: +44 7469 930453 / ckretzschmar1@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

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