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Ending global poverty begins with women’s rights

Davida Bentham

Davida Bentham

by Oxfam | April 12, 2012
"I am an undergraduate student in Northern Studies and Environmental Assessment at the University of Saskatchewan. My interest in Oxfam began when I was the leader of my high schools human rights and environment club. I was drawn to joining the University Campus club through learning about the previous campaign on women and climate change. Like my area of study, I am very concerned with the relationship people have to the environment. I enjoy that Oxfam works towards finding solutions with people around the world who need assistance due to environmental change and social unrest. Also that Oxfam focus on women to find solutions for injustice and poverty.  Oxfam’s approach through empowering organizations and people around the world to create positive and sustainable changes in their lives is what I like most about Oxfam.
 
Last summer I attended the National Change in St. Johns Newfoundland with two other great girls and since returning the three of us have lead the Oxfam campus club for this academic year.  We took on a huge project of hosting a hunger banquet at a fondue restaurant in the city. The event was sold out, the guest speakers and food was great and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. In addition to the moving experience of a hunger banquet, we also raised over $2000.  Another great event we did recently was a screening of MissRepresentation. We had over 120 attend and it was a really great, inspiring and thought provoking evening.
 
My involvement with Oxfam has influenced my life greatly. I have met so many great, like minded people who are all so inspiration and influential in my life. Without Danielle Paydli, the Prairie Region Outreach Director, I would not be as involved or feel as connected as I do to Oxfam Canada. Oxfam has inspired me to get involved with a number of different organizations around the City of Saskatoon that satisfy all niches of my interest but I also bring the vision of Oxfam with me to them. Through Oxfam I have become passionate and knowledgeable about different issues such as food justice and gender equity."
 
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