Oxfam strongly believes that women gaining power and taking collective action are themselves the most important driver of sustained improvements in women's human rights, a powerful force to end poverty not only for themselves but for others. To achieve this we continue to put women's rights at the heart of all we do (gender mainstreaming) as well as focus on the programme priorities where we have extensive experience:
Women's Participation and Transformative Leadership
Women's Participation and Transformative Leadership is Oxfam GB's number one programme priority on Gender Justice. It aims to strengthen women's individual and collective power to end poverty and challenge inequalities, as well as promote an enabling environment for women's participation and leadership.
Violence Against Women and Girls
Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) requires changes in laws and policies, as well as in individual and collective beliefs, attitudes and behaviour. The core of our work aims to transform social norms and rules which cause and sustain violence against women and girls. We also want to change VAWG prevention policy development and how it is implemented.
Women's Economic Empowerment
Oxfam's Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) work promotes economic opportunity for women, such as greater power in markets and decent work, along with the social and political changes women require to claim their economic rights and improve their overall wellbeing. In the process, WEE aims to change economic systems-thinking, practices, roles, and policies that systematically discriminate against women so that economic development contributes more sustainable to gender justice.
Gender Mainstreaming: Putting women's rights at the heart of all we do
As well as focusing on these three priority areas, we have reaffirmed our commitment to ensure that gender considerations and related actions are integrated into all our programmes. Additionally, Oxfam GB goes beyond traditional concepts of gender mainstreaming to integrate 'women's participation and transformative leadership' work on social norms, and unpaid care analysis more centrally into all areas of work.