Broken promises: Why governments are failing to eliminate VAWG

Christine Hughes Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

Women’s and feminist movements have fought hard to get laws on Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) passed. New Oxfam research is now adding to the growing evidence that governments are not holding up their end of the bargain, and are failing women and girls as a result. Today, due in large part to the tenacious efforts of women’s and …

St. Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Healthy Relationships and Challenging Violence

Bethan Cansfield Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

This Saint Valentine’s Day, Bethan Cansfield and Lourdes Montero look at what it means to have a healthy relationship and how unhealthy ones may be formed. oday, many couples, in many countries will be celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day – or ‘El día de los enamorados’ (‘Day of Lovers’) in some Latin American countries. Whilst a chance to celebrate the spectrum …

This is not bad luck it is sexist violence

james Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

Damaris Ruiz, Coordinator of Women’s Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean, looks at the social acceptance of violence against women and what we can do to end it.  “What bad luck I had with that man”. That’s what a teenage friend told me 25 years ago and I still think about this phrase with the same frustration. My friend …

Make education safe for all: Let girls learn!

Anthony Malunga Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

Oxfam’s Gender Justice Programme Coordinator in Malawi, Anthony Malunga, reflects on Malawi’s education system and on what can be done to protect girls in the classroom and support their aspirations. lobally, education remains the key investment area needed by all countries to ensure they have current and future capacity for development. In Malawi, girls’ education is affected by multiple, socio-cultural …

31 women activists murdered in 2015: You can help stop the violence

Bethan Cansfield Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

International Women Human Rights Defenders Day was November 29th, you can support women on the front line defending rights. erta Cáceres was murdered in March 2016. Berta was peacefully opposing a dam project being built in her community. For this she paid with her life. Around the world, women human rights defenders*, like Berta, are threatened, attacked and murdered for …

Making invisible voices visible in online EVAW campaigns

Amy O'Donnell Gender & Development Journal, Violence Against Women and Girls

Online spaces are not free from violence against women and girls (VAWG) but, in this blog, Amy O’Donnell and Miranda Dobson discuss how specific online platforms, including Hollaback! are supporting EVAW (ending violence against women) work by providing spaces to report experiences of street harassment and promote solidarity.  Hollaback! recently launched in Oxfam’s city of origin in Oxford – making …

Outed “locker room talk” is strengthening global movement to stop violence against women

Nikki van der Gaag Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

Oxfam GB’s Director of Women’s Rights and Gender Justice Nikki van de Gaag, explores how the events surrounding the US Presidential campaign can help end violence against women around the world. Recent events have seen many people loudly expressing concern that after so many years of hard work on women’s rights, and rafts of legislation on gender-based violence, it is still …

Why we can’t talk about one without the other: Sexual and reproductive rights and women’s economic empowerment

Preethi Sundaram Gender, Her Series, Violence Against Women and Girls, Women's Economic Empowerment

So far in our Her Series we’ve touched on various issues from the effects of unpaid care to gender equality and global institutions. Now, Preethi Sundaram from International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), shares with us her thoughts on the links between sexual and reproductive rights and women’s economic empowerment. he sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and …