International Women’s Day, 8th March 2013

An Oxfam Fundraising Initiative

Jenna Allcock (3)Hello! My name is Jenna, I work in the Oxfam in the North Office in Manchester as part of the fundraising team. Our fundraising project of the moment is the Oxfam Get Together- which is all about getting together with friends, family, colleagues to celebrate International Women’s Day (Friday 8th March), having fun and raising money to support women living in poverty around the world.

An Oxfam Get Together can take any form – in 2012 we had thousands of events happening ranging from cake sales and coffee mornings to film nights and gala dinners! This year Oxfam in the North is calling on women in and around Cheshire to do something to mark the day. It could be:

At home: coffee mornings, pamper parties, dinner party, film night, wine and cheese evenings
At work: sweepstakes dress down Friday, and of course the good old cake sales
Out and about: in a favourite restaurant, cocktail evenings, the fundraising classic- pub quiz
In the community: film screenings, barn dances, exercise classes- yoga or Zumba. Last year we had a group of women doing a competitive dragon boat racing and this year a lady from Morpeth is planning to get 100 women to zip wire across the town- Get Together really can be whatever you want- the sky is the limit!


Oxfam puts women’s rights at the heart of all we do because a massive 70% of people living in poverty are women. They tend to have fewer rights, fewer resources and fewer opportunities to make life shaping decisions than men. And when emergencies strike, they’re the worst affected. It’s an incredibly saddening  that women perform 66% of the world’s working hours, produce 50% of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property. There are many, often complex, reasons why women for this -domestic violence, discrimination, and lack of education are among the biggest barriers.

Just £27 can turn a struggling female farmer in Rwanda into a business woman- providing information on farming techniques and business training.

£31 will train 1 traditional birth attendant in Ghana in basic maternal care, skilled delivery, identifying complications, referrals and preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission.

In Zimbabwe £100 can save lives in rural communities, by providing women with education on health and medicines

It only takes a few minutes to sign up for a Get Together- you get a free fundraising pack-with balloons, bunting and a collection box and tons of ideas! : Or just drop me an email at


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