About the Event

The purpose of the learning event is to provide a dynamic space to improve the knowledge of key Oxfam staff about effective intervention and MEAL strategies and other program practice in changing negative and emphasizing positive, attitudes, norms and behaviours in order to prevent VAWG/GBV. 

The Power of Prevent is a participatory event that will honor the extensive knowledge and experience that all colleagues have to share on challenging and changing negative and stereotypical attitudes, norms and behaviours that perpetuate, and even encourage VAWG/GBV.  Beyond the 60 Oxfam colleagues that will be in attendance, we will benefit from a few key external research and programmatic experts in this important topic. This learning event is one step in a longer initiative dedicated to deepening our collective understanding in this area and strengthening our program quality and influencing efforts in this area. 

Beyond the 60 Oxfam colleagues that will be in attendance, we will benefit from a few key external research and programmatic experts in this important topic.

À propos de l'événement

L'objectif de l'événement est de fournir un espace dynamique pour améliorer les connaissances du personnel clé d'Oxfam sur les stratégies d'intervention et de CERA efficaces ainsi que d'autres pratiques des programmes visant à changer les attitudes, normes et comportements négatifs, et à mettre l'accent sur le positif afin de prévenir les VFFF/VBG. Cet événement d'apprentissage n'est qu'une des étapes d'une initiative plus vaste dédiée à approfondir notre compréhension collective, à améliorer la qualité de nos programmes et à renforcer nos capacités d'influence dans ce domaine.

Au-delà des 60 collègues d'Oxfam qui seront présents, nous allons bénéficier d’experts externes clés en recherche et relatifs au programmes concernant ce sujet important.

Acerca del evento

El objetivo del evento es que sea un espacio dinámico para mejorar el conocimiento de personal clave de Oxfam para las intervenciones efectivas, y estrategias de MEAL para cambiar las actitudes, normas y comportamientos negativos y empezar los positivos para la prevención de la VCMN/VG. Este evento de aprendizaje es un paso en una iniciativa más larga dedicada a profundizar nuestra comprensión colectiva de esta área y fortalecer la calidad de nuestros programas y esfuerzos de incidencia en el tema.

Además de l@s 60 colegas de Oxfam quienes asistirán, se beneficiará de unas expertas externas en investigación y programación en esta temática importante.

About the Site

The content on the site was developed with the participants of the program in mind, in preparation for and as a follow up to the learning event.  

We invite you to check back periodically to see if there have been any updates.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
The P2P Learning Event Committee

Background information / Why Host this Event?

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a worldwide and gross violation of human rights, and a global pandemic: one in three women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.  In a world where significant progress has been made in many respects on women’s rights, VAWG is the most persistent indicator of gender inequality. 

Evidence from existing prevention research and practice on VAWG/GBV, suggests that some of the most effective strategies are those that directly address gender norms regarding acceptability of violence against women and girls, particularly through efforts to engage entire communities. These norms are deep-rooted at the individual level (women and girls, men and boys) and contribute to the perpetuation of VAWG/GBV in familial, community, institutional, and political spaces.  

Prevention therefore requires transformational change to the root causes of VAWG – gender and power relations – and must be targeted at multiple levels and spheres of society, through coordinated, multisectoral strategies.

Oxfam’s Experience and Prioritization of Ending VAWG/ GBV

Oxfam recognizes that VAWG/GBV is a human rights violation and a development priority.  Reducing the social acceptance and incidence of VAWG/GBV is a key plank of Oxfam’s Strategic Plan.  Oxfam's Global Program Framework to end VAWG/GBV aims at transformative change that emphasizes four types of interventions through which Oxfam adds value:

  1. Funding and capacity-building support to women’s rights organizations, which are on the front lines of ending VAWG, but which suffer from constraints based on gender discrimination themselves and competes with other development priorities, including shocking under-funding;
  2. Supporting increased access to support services and other resources for survivors of VAWG, including resources to support survivors to act as change agents and leaders;
  3. Strategies and initiatives to support the transformation of social and cultural attitudes, behaviours, and norms, to reduce the social acceptance of VAWG/GBV,  and;
  4. Supporting influencing of duty-bearers to demonstrate their commitment to reducing VAWG/GBV, notably by protecting citizens through stronger legislation and policies, and more effective implementation.

Globally, Oxfam is working in over 40 countries within this framework.  In March 2013 Oxfam launched its VAWG/GBV Knowledge Hub.  The Oxfam Knowledge Hub’s aims to strengthen the program quality, influencing and fundraising of country programs targeting the elimination of VAWG/GBV.  The VAWG/GBV Knowledge Hub began its work with a consultation process that featured an Oxfam-wide survey, which netted responses from over 40 country programs working on VAWG/GBV.  This survey revealed that of the 40 VAWG/GBV programs close to 100% work on changing attitudes, norms and behaviours.  

For 2015-2016 the KH will focus on deepening our collective understanding in changing negative, and reinforcing positive attitudes, norms and behaviours linked to VAWG/GBV (for more info see here).

In particular,  throughout 2015-2016 the KH will explore
  1. what current research is suggesting are effective intervention strategies on challenging  the negative and reinforcing positive attitudes, norms and behaviours 
  2. what research is suggesting are effective MEAL strategies for capturing this complex change; and 
  3. examples of innovative programming on ANB change from the Oxfam confederation and peers.   
The 3 day face-to-face learning event will be pivotal in building momentum around and deepening our learning related preventing VAWG/GBV through ANB change. 
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