Contributing towards realizing women’s social, economic, and political rights

Women's right

Our work is focused specifically on achieving the transformation of women’s rights and the societal beliefs and behaviors about the expected roles, responsibilities and opportunities afforded to women.

Oxfam believes that gender inequality is a major barrier to ending poverty and a major form of discrimination against women. This is the reason for keeping the actualization and protection of women’s human rights at the heart of all our work. Mainstreaming gender issues of representation, effective access to project resources, capacity building for effective participation and ensuring State accountability on women’s human right elements in pertinent policies cut across all the projects being implemented in the country. This is in addition to major stand-alone components that target women and girls as sole beneficiaries affirmative action projects.

The work of all of our change goals contributes towards realizing women’s social, economic and political rights. Our work is focused specifically on achieving the transformation of women’s rights and the societal beliefs and behaviors about the expected roles, responsibilities and opportunities afforded to women. This will result in a reduction in gender-based violence and more equitable sharing of care responsibilities. We will campaign with others to change social attitudes; support partners in their work to enable women to access justice and argue for a policy and legislative framework that enshrines and protects women’s rights.

Goals

  • Build a 2 million strong community of women and men who challenge gender discrimination and violence against women.
  • Strengthen the capacity of human rights institutions and organisations to address gender issues.
  • Support partners to undertake strategic litigation to build a culture and history of enforcement of legal provisions and to enable women to see that the law translates into changes in their lives.
  • Ensure the passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunity (GEOB) and Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) bills, ensuring comprehensive legislation and enforcement is in place to protect the rights of women.
  • Raise awareness of existing laws and issues of gender inequality at community level.