New Resource: Oxfam’s Guide to Eliminating Violence Against Women
Friday, December 7, 2012 11:40 AM

In 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon proclaimed, “Ending violence against women is everyone’s responsibility,” and while there is widespread consensus among advocates that violence against women is one of the most prevalent human rights violations worldwide, there is greater need for understanding the issue more fully and taking action effectively. 
Oxfam, a human rights organization focused on policy, practice, and research, published a new manual in November, titled, Ending Violence Against Women. Following the United Nation’s definition of violence against women as, “sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life,” Oxfam educates the reader on key concepts and illuminates what a “rights-based and transformative approach” looks like when working with gender-violence.   The manual offers a glossary of key terms, theories of making change, action steps for advocates, suggestions for monitoring and evaluating advocacy work, as well as engaging exercises to make this tool uniquely interactive and educational.