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Ending global poverty begins with women’s rights

Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

Ending Violence
Against WOmen
and Girls

Women aren't free until they're free from violence.

Violence against women and girls is a major cause of death, poor health and disability around the world. It also stops women and girls from escaping poverty. It limits their control over their own bodies. It holds them back from school, from work, from community life.

In many countries, women and girls can’t access justice. They may not know they have the right to live free of violence. Violence and early or forced marriage are accepted ways of life, and men hold power over women.

Every woman should be able to live free from violence, regardless of her age, race, social or economic status. Today, that right is rarely within grasp for a woman living in poverty.

Why does violence against women and girls matter?

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One in three women worldwide has experienced sexual abuse or physical violence
Around the world, 41,000 girls become child brides every day
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Poor girls are 2.5 times more likely to marry in childhood than wealthy ones

My brother was influenced by others in the community who told him 'our girls are not going to these meetings, why is your sister roaming around freely? You should control her.' So, my brother hit me with a brick to control me. I have a scar across my eye from this incident.

Julie Devi, 18
Credit: Atul Loke / Oxfam

What is Oxfam Doing?

We are supporting organizations who are working to change the social norms and cultural practices that give men power over women, while also empowering women to prevent and overcome violence in their lives. We work with everyone in communities - women, men, authorities, teachers, religious leaders - to build a safe and just world where women and girls are in control of their lives and live free from violence.

Improve

social services, medical assistance, counselling, job and skills training, and legal aid.

Strengthen

leadership, engagement and rights among women and girls, while also involving men and boys.

Change

how people, families, communities and institutions think about violence.

Watch Rubina's Story

Rubina, a young woman in Bangladesh, opted to become a change maker and help alter the views of hundreds of people in her community.

Three steps you can take now

Oxfam distributed hygiene kits in Sankhu. The kits contain a bucket for clean water, a bar of soap, oral rehydration salts, and towels, helping people to meet their basic sanitation needs. Oxfam also provided the community with emergency latrines to help prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases. In Sankhu, 980 houses collapsed when an 7.9 earthquake struck Nepal on April 2015. Photo Credit: Aubrey Wade / Oxfam

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Oxfam distributed hygiene kits in Sankhu. The kits contain a bucket for clean water, a bar of soap, oral rehydration salts, and towels, helping people to meet their basic sanitation needs. Oxfam also provided the community with emergency latrines to help prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases. In Sankhu, 980 houses collapsed when an 7.9 earthquake struck Nepal on April 2015. Photo Credit: Aubrey Wade / Oxfam

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Oxfam volunteers are sorting out hygiene kits before a distribution at the camp in Cox's Bazar. Oxfam is providing hygiene kits to refugees to maintain their hygiene and menstrual health. Photo Credit: Maruf

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