Gender work by Oxfam India: A legacy

A quick recap of the work Oxfam India has done on ending violence against women and girls over the past six years.

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The duration: 2009 to 2015


Where we are currently working?

Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.


Where we have worked in the past?

Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan


The purpose:

Since 2009,Oxfam India has been working on the issue of violence against women (VAW) across six states focusing on women from Adivasi, Muslim and Dalit communities.


Impact on the ground:


  1. Total people reached through our work on gender -- 11,43,665
    Women and girls -- 6,35,733
    Men and boys -- 5,07,932 959 Comm>unity collectives, which are in the form of vigilance groups, pressure groups, youth groups and nyaya samitis are spreading awareness on ending violence against women. They also affected women with the redressal and formal justice systems including Women Support Centres (WSCs). 
  2. Community mobilization initiatives have encouraged individuals (men, women and youths) to take action against VAW, gender discrimination at family and community level. 
  3. Policy advocacy at all levels; district, state and national levels have led to positive results:
    • Institutionalisation of women support centre at some of the intervention areas
    • Open forums held with government departments to have stock taking on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA)[budgetary requirements, lack of personnel, training requirements etc])
    • Government officials in the relevant departments are sensitized on the issue of VAW, especially domestic violence related laws, and are referring VAW cases to WSCs.
  4. 42,000 women survivors of violence received support through counselling, legal aid and referral services through formal and non-formal model of redressal mechanism.  
  5. WSCs were set up across five states in collaboration with the police and civil society organisations which provided multi agency linkage support to women facing domestic violence. 
  6. The Government of Gujarat has adopted the WSC model and opened 26 WSCs in different districts of the state. At present 6 WSCs are functioning there(with Oxfam India support).
  7. There has been a perceptible change in the negative attitude of police towards women; they at present have a better orientation on many laws pertaining to women. 
  8. Advocacy efforts of Oxfam India supported networks lead to protection officers under the PWDVA in every block in districts in Uttarakhand.
  9. The national helpline run by Bhumika, a women’s organisation,in Andhra Pradesh supported by Oxfam India is included as a case study of best practices for preventing VAW in the school curriculum of the state.
  10. 11,43,665 people have been sensitised through community mobilization to prevent and take action against VAW.
  11. 34 government orders have been issued through Oxfam India and its partners’ efforts on policy and advocacy on PWDV Act and other legislations on VAW.
  12. 8 research studies have been conducted on the status of the implementation of PWDV Act, other related legislations and support services. These studies have been critical in lobbying with government for policy change. 
  13. Oxfam brought together a network of women’s organisations in Bihar who were invited by the government to provide technical inputs to the State Women’s Empowerment Policy 2015.
  14. Oxfam India entered in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) for rolling out a convergence model of different government departments in five states to provide multi-stakeholder response to women facing violence.
  15. Oxfam India through its past national campaigns like WE CAN and CLOSETHEGAP have worked towards building awareness and promoting positive change in attitudes and behaviour of the community on the issue of VAW. 
  16. Oxfam India started “knock the door”, an initiative which involved lobbying with eminent parliamentarians to raise the issue of better implementation and increase in budgetary allocation of Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) in the Parliament.
  17. Oxfam India through its partnership with Gram Vani reached out to 6,11,287 people on the issue of gender based violence in 2013using community radio. 
  18. Last year during the 16 days of activism campaign on violence against women Oxfam India reached out to more than 1,20,000 community members in 13 states of India. 
  19. In the course of the past five years, Oxfam India, along with its partners, has nurtured state and national level alliances and networks for advocacy and collective action which has resulted in 34 critical government orders and improved implementation of the PWDVA. 
  20. Given the success of a network engaging at the state level to address issues of VAW, Oxfam India has initiated work in 2014 in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand on the network model to provide women with access to justice. Over the past one year through this model 4098 women survivors have been reached.

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Written by: Oxfam India staff

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Himanshi Matta

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