The Politics of Poverty

Ideas and analysis from Oxfam America's policy experts

Roughly 250,000 poultry workers in the US endure arduous conditions for low wages, standing for long hours in cold, wet, noisy plants. However, many workers say the top request they have is for companies is to grant them adequate bathroom breaks. (Photo: John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer) Featured

No relief for poultry workers

The federal government says workers have the legal right to use the bathroom. Tyson Foods, the country’s biggest poultry producer, has an official company policy stating the same thing. So why do so many Tyson workers say they are routinely denied bathroom breaks—and are compelled to urinate on themselves or purposefully dehydrate themselves as a result?

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Hillary should play the woman card

Here is a killer fact: One out of every two people is female and not just in developing countries, but here in the US as well. Not earth-shattering enough—well, consider that those same one out of every two people is also being denied their rights across a whole range of issues: from the right to bodily integrity, to economic opportunity, to property and labor rights.

Oxfam is dedicated to transforming the international humanitarian system into one where local leaders like Suréna and Jaquité sit in the driver’s seat whenever and wherever possible, and international agencies provide support as needed. Photo: Elizabeth Stevens / Oxfam America Featured

Rethinking humanitarian aid: local leaders speak their minds

From violence and hunger to earthquakes and epidemics, three panelists at the recent InterAction Forum haven’t just seen it all—they’ve been on the front lines of handling some of the worst disasters in recent history.

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