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Ending global poverty begins with women’s rights

Zalina Alvi

Zalina Alvi

by Oxfam | May 17, 2010

I am a recent graduate of York University, with a degree in English and Communication Studies. My background has been in journalism, but I’m hoping to transition into international development when I begin the International Development program at Humber College in fall 2009.

Upon returning to Toronto after a reporting internship abroad, I decided I wanted to volunteer with an NGO that was dealing with human rights and global poverty topics that had become important to me in recent years through volunteering I was doing with Journalists for Human Rights.

When I saw the work Oxfam was doing, both on an activist level in Canada and through its program partners in developing countries, I knew any work I did with them would be extremely worthwhile.

I was very fortunate to find an internship in the Toronto office that involved communications, which allowed me to work on the Oxfam.ca website and deal directly with members and volunteers.

Working with the Toronto team, I was able to compile stories of the amazing work other members were doing and my work gave me an invaluable and intimate look into Oxfam’s operations.

My most rewarding experience as an Oxfam member has been meeting the people who make the work Oxfam does possible. From the volunteers to the regional staff, I have been inspired by their commitment and passion. My whole outlook has become much more optimistic during my time at Oxfam, and I feel grateful for the opportunity to do my small part.

In truth, I have learned that ending global poverty requires the hard work, dedication and support of many, many people from all walks of life and all parts of the world. I understand better than I did before the kind of difficult changes that need to occur for our goals to be realized, but knowing now what needs to be done, I am better prepared to do my part, with optimism and an eagerness to see what we can achieve.

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