Campaigning Strategies & Oxfam Campaigns Update January 2014

Join us on Tuesday 14th January, 7pm for a session with Kelly Paes,  Oxfam Community Campaigns Coordinator (North). She will share with us some strategies for effective campaigning and also update  us  about Oxfam’s forthcoming campaigns : climate change and inequality and how we can ‘lift lives for good’. David Hewitt, Oxfam Regional
Fundraising Manager,  will tell us more about the new Oxfam Mother Appeal.
Venue: Leeds Civic Hall, near Millennium Square
Time: 7pm





The Oxfam Leeds Philippines Typhoon appeal

On Friday 8th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. One of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, this natural phenomenon caused widespread devastation and has affected more than 11 million people from 36 provinces. The death toll has topped 4,000 and hundreds of thousands of people have been left without shelter, food or clean water. The threat of malnutrition and disease is very high and the requirement for emergency aid is huge.

Oxfam has been heavily involved in the response to this natural disaster, distributing vital equipment such as water treatment products. In support of the crucial work being undertaken by Oxfam in Philippines, the Oxfam Leeds group is undertaking a number of fundraising activities with support from some generous partners. Keep an eye on our events page for more details.

For more information on the devastating impacts of Typhoon Haiyan, the response of Oxfam and how to donate directly to the appeal click here.





TBC once we have some events confirmed.

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Campaigning about food justice in Leeds City Square

Oxfam Leeds supporters campaigning about food justice in Leeds City Square

Oxfam Leeds needs your support to:

  • help people in need around the world
  • help with fundraising
  • campaign & lobby for justice
  • raise awareness about issues through social media

Come along for a food & fun evening with like-minded people. Find out what we do & how you can be part of Oxfam in Leeds.

Activities will include: a slide show about Oxfam projects in Uganda, demonstrations  about our campaigning & fund raising activities, a quiz and food

Venue: OBLONG, Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse street, Leeds LS6 2NY

Date: Tuesday 29th October, 6.30pm – 8:30pm

Important: Please confirm you are coming on eventbrite

Does International Aid still Matter? Panel Debate 9th March 1:30 – 3:30pm

Join Oxfam Leeds for our panel discussion, chaired by BBC Leeds Political Editor Len Tingle, to explore the issues of international aid. Hear a variety of perspectives on the debate with local MPs Greg Mulholland and Fabian Hamilton as well as experts from NGOs and aid work.

Venue: Oblong, Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse St, Leeds LS62NYDate/

Time: Saturday March 9th.2-3.30pm
Refreshments from 1.30pm

Please register for the event at our EventBrite site so that we can make sure there are enough biscuits!

In the last few years, overseas development aid has been heavily contested in themedia. However, the coalition government has remained committed to meetingthe international target of providing 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) as officialdevelopment assistance (ODA) from 2013.

Organizations like Oxfam, ChristianAid and others argue for the important role of development aid in providing a routeout of poverty and are currently lobbying the government ( as part of a new Foodfor Everyone campaign ) to honour its pledge on aid. On the other hand, somecommentators are hostile to any increase in government spending on aid in a timeof austerity and some in the media question the effectiveness of aid.
This event organized by the Leeds Oxfam Group aims to bring together a panel ofwell informed speakers to discuss aspects of international aid. The discussion willaddress questions including:

  • Can international aid play a role in addressing the global food crisis? If yes,how?
  • What kind of aid is most effective for enabling people to find a route out of poverty?
  • Is aid less important than ensuring that developing countries are paid thetaxes they are due by large multinational companies?

Each panel member will speak for 10 minutes maximum and then there will be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions /comment.

Panel members

Chair: Len Tingle, Political Editor, BBC Leeds

Greg Mulholland, MP, (MP for Leeds Northwest)

Fabian Hamilton MP (MP for Leeds North East)

John Hilary, Executive Director War on Want

Dr Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Senior Health & HIV Policy Adviser in Oxfam GB

Register for the event here:

‘The Energy Emergency and the Developing World’ Talk 6th March, 7pm

To mark Fair Trade Fortnight Tim Padmore will be presenting from the Kirklees Campaign Group against Climate Change.

Date: Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013
Time: 19:00
Venue: Leeds Civic Hall, Portland Crescent, LS1 1UR (Ask at reception for the venue)

The talk will explore the key themes:

  • How will climate change affect the developing world?
  • How do existing international agreements on carbon emissions affect the developing world?
  • How can the world respond to the rise of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries?
  • Can ‘Trade Justice’ and ‘Climate Justice’ co-exist?
  • Can we reach an international climate deal that would be fair and acceptable to all?

Leeds Launch of IF…

Fabian Hamilton MP joined supporters of Oxfam, Christian Aid, Tidal and Save the Children in Leeds open air Market at noon on Friday 25th January.
This was the Leeds launch of the Enough Food If campaign.
The World produces enough food for everyone. But not everyone has enough food. This year many of the world’s most powerful leaders will meet in the UK. They must change the future for millions of people who live with the day to day struggle against hunger.
Everyone can have enough food BUT that will only happen IF we come together to make world leaders act.



Oxfam in Cambodia Talk

Join us for a short talk on and presentation on some of Oxfam’s project in Cambodia and their effects on the lives of the people.


The talk will be delivered by Paul Felgate, Manager of the Oxfam Ilkley Oxfam Shop who recently visited Oxfam’s projects over there. It will cover Oxfam’s use of cash hand outs in emergency situations, honey gathering in protected forest areas, local craft projects and micro finance initiatives.

Date: Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012

Time: 07:00 PM

Venue: Leeds Civic Hall


Let’s talk about local food! – Round up of our July Event

This month it was our chance to focus on local action.

We so often spend our time focusing on global issues. But when it comes to the food system there is so much that we can do in our own communities as well as campaigning to decision makers.

Thanks to everyone that came along to our local food event on Wednesday 4th July. Here’s a little taster of some of projects and campaigns we heard about…in case you weren’t able to make it.

Urban Harvest:

This project  collects and distributes soft fruits that grow unharvested around our city on trees and bushes in both public and private spaces.

Find out more at their website

Join their Facebook Group, or email

Greenpeace Leeds – Sustainable Fish Campaign

**Please support the Greenpeace Sustainable Fishing Campaign by becoming a fisherman’s friend**

Sustainable seafood: what fish can I eat?

To get involved with Greenpeace Leeds visit their website

Back to Front

Promotes the transformation of front gardens so they are full and bursting with food to eat, admire and talk about.

Find out more on their website at:

Also, if you have are involved in the project, send Back to Front photos of your garden (or your neighbour’s with permission) to display on their website!

Our other speakers included topics on food waste and neighbourhood gardening.

It was a great opportunity to link back into the community of amazing people around Leeds who work, volunteer and campaign on so many important issues. We had a great time, got loads of motivation for trying some new things, and are looking forward to doing a similar event again soon!

Interested in organising a similar event? Read the blog from Oxfam Leeds Volunteer, Ruth Bush, writing about how and why the event was organised.


International Women’s Day Event March 7th: ‘Meeting the challenges of gender equality in a world of crisis’

Group of Hands

Come and join Leeds Oxfam Group to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Event: ‘Meeting the challenges of gender equality in a world of crisis’ – panel discussion

Date/ Time: Wednesday March 7th, 6.30 for 6.55 start. Refreshments from 6.30pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, opposite Chemistry Building, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds,LS2 9DX

  • Professor Ruth Pearson will introduce and summarize the panel discussion  and give an overview on the challenges relating to the economic and financial crises for women in the North and South
  • Jane Tate: the work of Homeworkers Worldwide in supporting women workers in the garment and footwear sectors in TamilNadu, India, where international competition and a downward pressure on prices leads to a lack of rights for women;
  • Dr Jieyu Liu:  the experiences of women who are left in the rural areas, often caring for older people in the  context of massive rural-urban migration in  contemporary China;
  • Dr Emma Tomalin:  ‘Religion, gender and development: strategies to secure positive outcomes for gender equality”. She will discuss the increasing challenge from conservative and fundamentalist forms of religions and the importance of seeking  to transform religious traditions from within;
  • Salma Amir on issues facing women in rural Pakistan , which are exacerbated by natural disasters, and how  some NGOs and MFIs are  trying to address their needs

March 8th is celebrated as International Women’s day throughout the world. But given the multiple crises in both the Global South and North, how optimistic can we be about the prospects for gender equality?  In the North economies are in free fall; in the Middle East the Arab Spring is giving way to a new era in which women’s rights are far down the agenda; in parts of sub-Saharan Africaarmed conflict and anti democratic politics overshadows any prospect for gender equitable reform. In India and China economic growth is accompanied by an increase in the numbers of “missing women” from the population, as well as facing problems concerning food security and climate change. All over the world, women continue not only to work in highly exploitative and underpaid and undervalued occupations but also to bear the brunt of care not only for children but also for the growing millions of elderly people and meanwhile religious institutions of all kinds perpetuate women’s subordination.  So – what are we celebrating?

But it is also true that there are a range of positive changes for women.  The UN has re-constituted UN Women as a strategic agency, headed by the effective ex-President of Chile Michele Bachelet. Focus Millennium Development goals has sensitised the world to the importance of maternal health, equality in education and decent work for all. Brave feminist voices are emerging in different parts of the Arab world and the increasing importance of women in leadership roles is bearing fruit as the number of women political leaders, heads of international agencies and executives in public and private sectors is growing rapidly. The challenge for women in the foreseeable future is to reimagine a gender equitable world and continue to struggle to achieve it.

Food for Thought

Last Wednesday evening I attended an event called ‘Food for Thought’ run by Oxfam Leeds and that was certainly what I came away with. I’d been invited to the event by a colleague and came along expecting an enjoyable evening with some like-minded people, but in addition I was engaged by films about Oxfam’s new ‘GROW’ campaign, delighted by Ethiopian cuisine and dazzled by African drumming.
The evening opened with Ethiopian coffee and food based games before we watched a film about farming in India, highlighting land rights and demonstrating the aims of the new GROW campaign. I was particularly moved by the lack of rights that people in the film had to land ownership and inspired by the people’s determination to effect change at the highest levels of government through the People’s March for Truth to Delhi in 2012. We then had the pleasure of dinner, in the form of authentic Ethiopian food from Merkato which was truly delicious.
Then, just as we were finishing our meal we were OUTRAGEOUSLY evicted from our table! We weren’t actually being thrown out of the event, but this was to demonstrate the plight of many people across the world who are victims of land grabs and who without warning evicted from their lands as large agro-business, supported by governments, take over the land for agricultural production. This is another element of the GROW campaign and we watched a second film about the eviction of thousands of people in Uganda when a company moved in to take the land for agricultural activities.
As someone who works in the low carbon technologies sector, there is a lot of talk about the promise of biofuels so it is eye opening to see the other side of biofuel production where the land used to produce those crops is forcibly taken from those who were previously using to support their livelihoods.
The evening concluded with a quiz on elements of the global food market and African drumming and dancing, a wonderful end to a fantastic event. Food for thought indeed.