Since April 2012, Benjamin Alderson has worked as senior area manager at New York City’s deVere USA Inc., which is the largest independent financial consultancy group in the world. Dedicated to helping others, Benjamin Alderson supports several charitable endeavors, one of which includes Oxfam International.
Working in more than 90 countries, Oxfam International seeks to use its global presence to empower people to live their lives in safety and freedom from poverty. The nonprofit does this through education, campaigns, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance. The Oxfam America sector is one of 17 members of the Oxfam International confederation.
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016, Oxfam America honored three women at a ceremony held in Washington, DC. The Right the Wrong Award went to activists Majd Chourbaji, Fartuun Adan, and Illwad Elman. Majd Chourbaji co-founded a Syrian independent media organization, but she and her husband were arrested for their efforts. Her husband died while imprisoned, and Chourbaji fled Syria with her children. She later founded the organization Women Now and the Small World School, both in Lebanon. Fartuun Adan and Illwad Elma run the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, established to help prevent violent extremism by disarming and disengaging youth in Somalia. They also founded Sister Somalia, which is the first rape crisis center in the country.