Violence Against Women continues to be one of the most prevalent and least recognised human rights violations in the world. In India, this occurs in many forms: domestic violence, sexual assault, public humiliation, abuse, trafficking and ‘honour’ killing. One in every two women in India experience violence in their daily life. Oxfam India under its Gender Justice theme has been addressing the issue of violence against women in 13 states of the country through various programs and campaigns.
Violence against women affects every woman's life in the region, even if she herself is not a victim. It is evident in every decision she makes, within homes, social settings or workplace, be it the mode of dress, behaviour or movement.
Launched in 2004 and taken forward by over 2,400 organisations in the six countries, 'We Can' has raised large scale public awareness on bias, inequality and violence against women, particularly domestic violence. It has been a trigger for a new consciousness, attitudinal change and enhancement of rights.
This campaign helps millions of ordinary men and women to find solutions to violence in their homes and lives, and find ways to reject it.
The central force of the campaign are, the over 2.7 million Change Makers who are committing to not perpetuating or supporting violence and influencing others to take a similar path. The numbers of the Change Makers grow with each passing day.
In its second phase now, 'We Can' is building social cohesion and networks. This will support and sustain the created change, foster an organised mass movement, and aid in transforming existing power relations in society to end all violence against women.
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