Our work focuses on helping women to live free from all forms of violence through changes in social norms, rules, institutions and laws.
Violence against women and girls (VAW) is a global epidemic. According to UN estimates, one in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence because she is a woman. Oxfam views VAW as human-rights violation, a major obstacle to women's and girls' development, and one of the most widespread barriers to our mission to end poverty. VAW may manifest itself in a variety of ways, including: domestic violence; sexual assault and harassment; forced and child marriage; sex trafficking; and female genital cutting/mutilation (FGC/M). Violence (and the fear of violence)
is a significant barrier to women's participation in the decisions that affect their everyday lives and its effects are felt not just by women, but also by communities and societies as a whole.
Through its programmes Oxfam envisions a safe and just world where women and girls are in control of their lives and live free from violence. We focus on preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in their homes and within the wider society, recognising that transformations in structures and policies, as well as in individual and collective beliefs and behaviours, are necessary if we are to end violence against women.