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16 Days of Activism with Oxfam

  1. 1. GENDER JUSTICE NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                     For Internal Use Only: January 2014                                                                                                                                                                   For Internal Use Only: January 2014   JANURY 2014 Highlights: Updates  on  our  Internal  Work  and  Programs   The  16  Days  of  Activism   Making  Gender  Justice  a  Reality,  One  Training  at  a  Time  in  Afghanistan   Responding  to  gender-­‐based  violence  in  Vietnam   Oxfam  launches  ‘Raising  Her  Voice:    The  power  to  persuade’   Updates  on  Oxfam’s  work  on  Care   New  Reports,  Websites  and  Tools   Report  on  a  Baseline  Survey  of  Women  Domestic  Workers  in  Kenya   Now  Available:  Oxfam’s  New  Policy  on  Evaluation   Highlights  from  Policy  &  Practice   Special  Section:  Round  up  of  The  16  Days  of  Activism  Activities   This newsletter provides information about Gender Justice work across the confederation of Oxfam affiliates. For more information, please visit the Gender Justice Change Goal Page on SUMUS. Please note that this newsletter is meant for internal communications only. For more information or to contribute a story, please contact Chloe Safier, OI Gender Justice Coordinator.   ******************************************************************************************************** Gender Justice Calendar 2014 January   February   March   April   Transformative   Leadership  for   Women’s  Rights   Event  (hosted  by   Intermon,  dates  TBC)   OI  Violence  Against   Women  Knowledge   Hub  Kickoff  Event   (Pretoria,  South   Africa:  Feb  24-­‐26)   OI  Transformative   Leadership  for   Women’s  Rights   Guide  to  be  launched!     TBC:  First  face  to  face     meeting  of  OI  GJ  team,   Women’s  Rights   Capacity   Development  Team   May   Gender  in   Emergencies  Training   of  Trainers  (Bangkok,   Jan  8-­‐10)   OI  Gender  Justice   Management  Team   Face  to  Face  meeting   (Pretoria,  South   Africa  (Feb  27-­‐March   1)   OGB  Global  Gender   Justice  Learning   Event  (Oxford,  Feb   12-­‐14)   Updates on Our Internal Work & Programs The  16  Days  of  Activism:    The  16  Days  of  Activism  Against  Gender  Violence  is  an  international  campaign  to  raise  awareness  about  violence  against     women  and  take  action  to  eliminate  it.  Every  year,  the  16-­‐day  long  campaign  begins  on  November  25,  the  International   Day  Against  Violence  Against  Women.  Women’s  rights  activists  first  recognized  this  in  1981,  as  a  day  against  violence,  in   memory  of  three  sisters  who  were  assassinated  for  opposing  the  dictatorship  in  the  Dominican  Republic.  The  16  Days,   which  ended  on  December  10,  highlights  the  link  between  violence  against  women  and  the  recognition  that  women’s   rights  are  human  rights.  Many  women’s  rights  organizations  focus  on  the  16  Days  as  a  time  to  build  awareness  within   communities  and  amongst  legislators  to  make  an  impact  on  ending  violence  against  women.  At  Oxfam,  we  understand   violence  against  women  (VAW)  as  a  violation  of  women’s  rights,  a  barrier  to  women’s  active  citizenship,  and  hence,  a   fundamental  constraint  to  poverty  alleviation.  Oxfam  organizes  with  and  offers  support  to  women’s  organizations  and   others  celebrating  the  gains  made  on  VAW,  and  pushing  hard  for  promises  yet  to  be  fulfilled.  There’s  been  a  great  deal  of   work  happening  around  the  confederation;  art  exhibits  in  Mali,    a  fantastic  blog  about  the  structural  nature  of  violence   against  women,  a  publication  of  short  stories  about  our  partners  with  a  discussion  guide  and  much  much  more.  Thank   you  to  those  who  sent  updates,  photos  and  blog  posts.  A  full  list  of  all  the  activities,  events,  programs,  projects  and   demonstrations  can  be  found  in  a  special  section  at  the  end  of  this  newsletter.         1  
  2. 2. GENDER JUSTICE NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                     For Internal Use Only: January 2014                                                                                                                                                                   For Internal Use Only: January 2014 Making  Gender  Justice  a  Reality,  One  Training  at  a  Time  in  Afghanistan Contributed  by  Nina  Gora,  Gender  and  Governance  Manager,  OGB  in  Afghanistan   The   Making   Gender   Justice   a   Reality   training   series   has   been   carried   out   in   all   three   offices   in   Afghanistan–   Daikundi,   Badakshan   and   Kabul.   This   training   series   began   after   conducting   a   gender   assessment   of   staff   in   Afghanistan,   which   showed  many  staff  had  little  understanding  of  the  importance  of  gender  justice  and  lacked  the  skills  and  confidence  to   work  towards  gender  justice.    In  a  country  like  Afghanistan,  where  88%  of  women  are  illiterate  and  87.2%  experience   violence,  the  disadvantages  and  discrimination  women  experience  are  both  evident  and  well  documented,  so  the  task  to   promote  gender  justice  is  substantial.  Oxfam  must  set  an  example  and  act  as  a  role  model  for  its  partners;  unless  our  own   teams  have  the  requisite  skills  and  knowledge  they  cannot  be  expected  to  increase  the  capacity  of  our  partners  –  which  is   a  significant  part  of  our  approach  –  or  inspire  them  to  do  better  in  furthering  gender  justice.     The   training   resources   included   games,   case   studies,   quizzes,   training   packs,   slides   and   short   videos.   The   trainers   toured   the   offices   with   these   resources   and   initiated   fantastic   discussions   starting   from   the   basics,   namely   why   we   work   on   women’s   rights.   Often   the   full   extent   of   the   problems   women   face   is   not   very   well   known   or   understood   by   men   in   Afghanistan.  The  training  asked  participants  to  put  themselves  in  a  woman’s  shoes  through  an  exercise  exploring  what  is   good  about  being  a  woman  in  Afghanistan  and  what  is  challenging.  This  helped  de-­‐mystify  the  female  “other”.  We  then   moved   away   from   the   theory,   the   why   and   what   of   Oxfam’s   work,   to   the   how.   The   critical   how:   what   questions   to   ask,   what  tools  to  use  and  what  to  always  consider.     The  training  series  has  ended  for  now,  but  this  particular  journey  to  make  gender  justice  a  reality  is  just  beginning  for   staff  in  Afghanistan.  Next  we  are  running  a  series  of  talks  and  film  screenings  on  “Why  Gender?”  More  importantly  we  are   setting  up  a  Gender  Justice  Working  Group  to  provide  longer  term  support,  guidance  and,  above  all,  encouragement  to   staff  who  have  the  authority  to  make  change  happen  both  internally  and,  when  ready,  externally.       Responding  to  gender-­‐based  violence  in  Vietnam   Contributed  by:  Dominique  LaRochelle,  Gender  Advisor,  Oxfam-­‐Quebec  in  Vietnam   In  2010,  a  national  study  on  domestic  violence  in  Viet  Nam  showed  that  58%  of  Vietnamese  women  reported  having   experienced  at  least  one  type  of  domestic  violence  in  their  lives.  Unfortunately,  the  services  available  to  survivors  of   domestic  violence  in  the  country  are  not  always  adapted  to  women,  or   easily  accessible,  especially  in  remote  areas.     The  Vietnam  Women’s  Union,  one  of  Oxfam’s  partners  in  the  country,  is   often  the  first  responder  to  domestic  violence  cases.  However,  the   Women’s  Union  staff  members  often  feel  that  they  lack  skills  to   intervene,  and  asked  Oxfam  to  provide  them  with  technical  support  to   better  protect  women’s  rights.  So,  Oxfam  delivered  training  on   counseling  skills  for  Women’s  Union’s  staff  in  the  province  of  Ha  Giang.   During  the  week,  the  participants  were  able  to  discuss  the  root  causes   of  gender-­‐based  violence,  but  were  also  trained  in  the  principles  of   social  work,  and  given  time  to  practice  their  newly  acquired  counseling   Ms  Nguyen  Thi  Ly  during  the  training  session  in  the   skills.   province  of  Ha  Giang  (photo  credit:  Dominique   Ms  Nguyen  Thi  Ly  participated  in  the  training  delivered  by  Oxfam.   LaRochelle)   When  asked  about  what  she  learned  during  the  week,  she  said  that  she   “had  the  chance  to  practice  interviewing  and  counseling  skills,  and  to  put  her  new  knowledge  into  practice  by  building  a   safety  plan  to  help  the  survivors  of  domestic  violence  in  the  community”.  Ms  Ly  concluded  by  saying  that  “the  workshop   on  gender-­‐based  violence  really  helped  me  get  a  good  understanding  of  the  methods  of  intervention.  I  know  that  laws   against  domestic  violence  exist,  and  now  I’ve  been  given  new  tools  to  help  counsel  and  support  the  victims”.     Oxfam  launches  ‘Raising  Her  Voice:    The  power  to  persuade’     Contributed  by:    Jacky  Repila,  Raising  Her  Voice  Learning  and  Communications,  OGB   Bursting  with  evidence  from  the  final  evaluation  of  the   A  few  years  back  when  I  visited  their  villages,  these  women   five  year  RHV  global  program,  this  summary  shows   used  to  hide  their  faces  when  I  asked  them  to  say  something.     how  when  women  are  supported  to  raise  their  voices   Now  within  a  year  or  two,  things  have  changed  completely.     and  increase  their  influence  they  can  make  a  major   Now  I  have  to  be  well  prepared  before  I  go  to  hold  a  discussion   contribution  to  challenge  inequalities  and  restore  basic   with  them’.    Mr  Mohan  Lamsal,  Village  Development  Secretary,   human  rights.  Anybody  needing  to  strengthen  their   Nepal   case  with  donors  and  colleagues  to  advocate  for   greater  investment    in  strengthening    women’s   individual  and  collective  voice  and  influence  need  look  no  further  .  Backed  by  facts,  the  RHV  evaluation  gives  five  reasons   for  more  to  be  done  to  increase  women’s  voice  and  influence.         2  
  3. 3. GENDER JUSTICE NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                     For Internal Use Only: January 2014                                                                                                                                                                   For Internal Use Only: January 2014 Not  only  a  useful  advocacy  tool,  the  summary  shares  the  learning  about  what  has  worked  at  national,  local  and  ‘global   programme’  level  to  support  transformative  change,  through  addressing  the  structural  as  well  as  the  attitudinal  and   practical  barriers  to  gender  equality.   Working  with  45  local  partners,  141  community  activist  groups,  and   over  1,005  coalition  members,  often  in  fragile  and  volatile  contexts  (for   example,  Pakistan  and    Honduras)  the  summary  shows  how  RHV’s   theory  of  change  provided  coherence  whilst  respecting  context.     Endeavoring  to  capture  the  ‘complexity  and  interconnectedness  of  all   things’  in  women’s  lives,  RHV  staff  and  partners  valued  the    RHV  TOC   three  (personal,  social,  political)  spheres  model  as  ‘providing  a  simple   front  end  to  a  complex  process’.       The  summary  captures  the  major  learning  points   around  effective  strategies  in  each  of  the  three   spheres.    A  key  lesson  is  that  programmes  are   most  successful  where  all  three  spheres  are   clearly  addressed,  and  where  complementary   work  is  carried  out  to  link  pressure  for  change  at   local,  district  and  national  and  international   levels.       However,  staff  and  partners  also  reflected  that  the   design  of  new  programmes  would  be   strengthened  by  a  more  explicit  recognition  of   the  impact  of  the  economic  sphere  -­‐  on  individual   women's  abilities  to  participate  and  on  the   sustainability  of  women's  groups.     Livelihoods  and  governance  practitioners  alike   are  addressed  by  the  call  for  greater  mindfulness  that  the  political  and  the  economic  are  deeply  interconnected  and   mutually  reinforcing,  and  not  exclusive.    We  hope  too,  that  the  summary  provides  useful  guidance  for  Oxfam's  wider   livelihoods,  resilience  and  humanitarian  communities  of  practice  -­‐  in  supporting  them  to  translate  a  better  understanding   of  this  inter-­‐relationship  into  their  own  program  design  and  ways  of  working.       Please  share  widely  with  your  networks!  The  summary  is  a  porthole  to  the  full  evaluation  report  and  for  more   information  –  including  case  studies  and  videos  –  please  take  a  look  at  the  RHV  ning  site  or  contact  Emily  Brown  (Global   RHV  Coordinator)  at  embrown@oxfam.org.uk.     Updates  on  Oxfam’s  work  on  Care   Contributed  by:  Claudia  Canepa,  Learning  and  Communications  Coordinator,  OGB   Oxfam  has  become  recognized  as  one  of  the  leading  development  agencies  addressing  care,  to  ensure  women’s  rights  and   leadership  and  to  reduce  inequality  in  development  outcomes.  Oxfam’s  ‘Rapid  Care  Analysis’,  developed  this  year  with   local  staff  and  partners,  are  one  of  only  two  methodologies  available  for  development  practitioners.       Oxfam  staff    have  undertaken  the  Rapid  Care  Analysis  in  14  projects  in  11  countries:  Azerbaijan,  Bangladesh,  Colombia,   Guatemala,  Honduras,  Nicaragua,  OPT/Gaza,  Philippines,  Sri  Lanka,  Tanzania  and  the  UK.    These  development  programs’   have  requested  additional  funds  for  action  research,  popular  communications,  and  advocacy  on  care  to  support  women   leaders  in  their  communities.  Eight  countries  have  developed  proposals  to  implement  the  interventions  on  care  identified   out  of  the  analysis  of  (problematic)  care  work,  practical  interventions  such  as  water  pumps,  grinding  mills  and  fuel-­‐ efficient  stoves,  and  advocacy  for  childcare,  school  buses,  health  and  social  services.  Redistribution  of  care   responsibilities  between  women/girls  and  men/boys  has  included  cooking  classes,  awareness  raising,  discussions  in   producer  groups  and  community  organizations  and  theatre  projects.       Our  RCA  research  with  women  producers  in  8  of  Oxfam's  enterprise  and  markets  programs  found  women  doing  6-­‐8   hours  a  day  of  housework,  dependent  care,  water  and  fuel  collection,  and  men  doing  1-­‐2  hours  a  day.    Men   reported  61  -­‐  70  total  weekly  work  hours,  women's  estimates  are  80  to  over  100  hours  of  work  per  week.     3  
  4. 4. GENDER JUSTICE NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                     For Internal Use Only: January 2014                                                                                                                                                                   For Internal Use Only: January 2014 Bangladeshi  women  producers  said  that  post-­‐harvest  activities  of  2-­‐3  hours/day  were  taken  out  of  their  time  for   personal  care  and  sleep  -­‐  household  tasks  were  not  redistributed.     Oxfam  co-­‐hosted  the  London  launch  of  the  UN  Special  Rapporteur’s  report  on  unpaid  care  work,  women’s  extreme   poverty  and  rights,  with  Action  Aid  and  IDS.    Subsequently,  UN  Women  requested  Oxfam  to  co-­‐host  a  webinar  on  Rural   Women  and  Unpaid  Care  for  their  Knowledge  Gateway  for  Women’s  Economic  Empowerment.       Oxfam  has  also  contributed  resources  to  the  new  UN  Women  site,  the  Knowledge  Gateway  on  Women’s  Economic   Empowerment  (183  Oxfam  resources  have  been  shared  to  date!)  And  e-­‐discussion  on  unpaid  care  washeld  in   October,  which  generated  a  great  deal  of  interest  (83  comments)  and  can  be  found  here.    In  November,  Oxfam  held  a   webinar  on  unpaid  care;  Thalia  Kidder  (OGB)  presented  with  others  from  IDS  and  ActionAid.  This  included  37   participants  and  a  slide  presentation  can  be  found  here.  The  Rapid  Care  Analysis  Manual  and  Toolkit  was  featured  on  the   Knowledge  Gateways’  front  page  during  October  and  November  –  there  have  been  623  total  unique  downloads  since  the   launch  of  these  documents  in  October.     New Reports, Websites & Tools   Report  on  a  Baseline  Survey  of  Women  Domestic  Workers  in  Mukuru  Informal  Settlement   Contributed  by:  Cat  Meredith   This  report  (written  by  Benson  M.O.  Agaya  and  Masiga  Asunza)  provides  a  detailed  analysis  of  the  context  in  which   women  domestic  workers  operate  in  Nairobi,  Kenya.  The  report  will  inform  the  programme  design  of  Oxfam  and   Prospect  Union  in  their  work  on  women's  empowerment.  Development  partners,  the  Government  of  Kenya  and  other   stakeholders  in  Kenya  and  beyond  will  find  this  study  useful.                     Now  Available:  Oxfam’s  New  Policy  on  Evaluation     Contributed  by:  Mary  Sue  Smiaroski     The  evaluation  policy  is  now  available  in  English,  French  and  Spanish  with  a  power  point  explaining  the  different   components  of  the  policy  (for  use  with  teams).    It  is  going  to  be  posted  on  www.oxfam.org  shortly  (including  a  FAQ).    This   is  Oxfam’s  policy  on  evaluation;  it  applies  to  everyone  across  the  confederation.    A  working  group  is  in  the  process  of   developing  guidance  and  recommendations  to  support  colleagues  in  countries  to  comply  with  the  policy;  that  should  be   available  in  April  2014.       Goo Highlights  from  Policy  and  Practice   Contributed  by:  Catherine  Meredith   New  humanitarian  policy  notes  on  gender,  conflict  and  violence   Caroline  Green   During  times  of  conflict  and  disaster  levels  of  gender  violence  often  increase.  Our  policy  notes  for  humanitarian  agencies   contain  practical  advice  on  gender  issues  during  conflict  and  reducing  the  risk  of  violence  against  women.   Gender  &  Development:  Conflict  and  Violence  issue   Ed.  Caroline  Sweetman   Gender  &  Development  explores  conflict  and  violence  through  the  lens  of  feminism.  Articles  discuss  girl  soldiers,  the   arms  trade,  peace  building  and  post-­‐conflict  societies.     When  Women  Farm  India's  Land:  How  to  increase  ownership?   Lucy  Dubochet   Women  have  long  played  a  crucial  role  in  India’s  agricultural  production.  The  situation  of  women  cultivators  is  one  of   tremendous  vulnerability:  without  land  titles  they  are  not  recognised  as  farmers  and  thus  are  not  able  to  access  credits   and  government  benefits.  This  policy  brief  outlines  avenues  to  address  the  gap  between  the  reality  for  many  rural   women  and  their  entitlements.       A  few  more  blog  posts  that  you  might  be  interested  in:     • In  her  shoes:  gender  justice  training  in  Afghanistan   • Unmasking  violence:  Syrian  women  paint  stories   • Women  and  care  work:  a  snapshot  from  Sri  Lanka   • Violence  against  women:  changing  attitudes  and  laws   • Violence  against  women  in  India,  behind  the  data   • Is  a  woman's  place  on  the  battlefield?   • Unpaid  carers  of  the  world,  unite!     4  
  5. 5. GENDER JUSTICE NEWSLETTER     • •                                                                                                                                                                   For Internal Use Only: January 2014                                                                                                                                                                   For Internal Use Only: January 2014 Call  to  action:  ending  violence  against  women  in  emergencies   When  women  get  together  great  things  are  possible  -­‐  lessons  from  Raising  Her  Voice   SPECIAL SECTION: 16 Days of Activism Activities   Oxfam  Solidarite  held  an  event  on  November  25th,  as  part  of  a  larger  campaign  run  by  a  consortium  of  Belgian  women’s   rights  organizations.  Activities  included  a  website  launch  (which  calls  for  anonymous  rape  survivor  testimonies)  and  a   silent  march  through  Brussels.     Oxfam  in  Azerbaijan  organized  a  one-­‐day  volunteer-­‐led  event  called  “Young  Talents  and  Activists  Saying  NO  to  Gender   Based  Violence  hand  in  hand  with  CSOs”  and  worked  with  volunteers  to  translate  a  campaign  toolkit  into  Azerbaijani.   This  project,  called  "One  Page  Per  Person,”  included  awarding  15  volunteers  with  certificates  and  small  gifts  from  the   library  of  Oxfam  in  Azerbaijan.     In  South  Africa,  Oxfam  partnered  with  POWA  (People  Opposing  Woman  Abuse)  to   celebrate  the  launch  of  a  Special  Edition  of  the  book  “Breaking  the  Silence,”  a  collection   of  poems,  stories,  and  essays  on  ending  violence  against  women  (see  image).     Oxfam  in  Ethiopia  organized  a  learning  forum  on  Women’s  Economic  Leadership   amongst  staff  from  Oxfam  and  partners.       Oxfam  in  Nigeria  planned  a  stakeholder  consultation  November  26th  on  a  number  of   gender  justice  concerns,  including  female  transformative  leadership,  political   participation,  violence  against  women  in  politics,  and  more.  Oxfam  Novib  Executive   Director,    Farah  Karimi  and  several  board  members  of  Oxfam  Novib  were  in  in  Nigeria  at   the  time.       Oxfam  in  Georgia  supported  a  round  table  discussion  on  November  26,  2013,  with   implementing  partner  Women's  Information  Centre,  on  women's  political  participation.   Representatives  of  civil  society  and  members  of  the  Coalition  for  Increasing  Women's   Political  Engagement  participated.  This  was  conducted  within  the  framework  of  an   Oxfam  supported  project  and  operating  in  Shida  Kartli,  conflict-­‐affected  region  of   Georgia.    On  December  11-­‐13,  2013,  the  same  partner  organized  a  three-­‐day  capacity   building  training  for  the    gender  focal  points  within  local  governmental  municipalities.   The  training  aims  at  building  awareness,  skills  and  knowledge  of  the  newly  appointed   gender  focal  points  to  assist  them  in  fulfilling  their  duties  through  mainstreaming   women's  rights  in  the  local  governance.  Also  within  the  framework  of  the  16  Days  of  Activism  against  Gender-­‐based   Violence,  Oxfam's  partner  Association  of  Disabled  Women  and  Mothers  of  Disabled  Children  will  produce  and  distribute  a   leaflet  on  domestic  violence  against  women,  bringing  together  information  about  legislative  and  institutional   mechanisms  on  domestic  violence  and  remedies  where  women  can  seek  protection.  Leaflets  will  be  distributed  across  40   communities  in  Zugdidi,  a  conflict-­‐affected  region  of  Georgia.  The  organization  also  plans  to  conduct  a  series  of  youth   discussions  on  gender-­‐based  violence  across  20  schools  in  the  municipality  of  Zugdidi.  Up  to  300-­‐350  young  people   participated  in  the  discussions.       Oxfam  in  Mali  put  together  a   campaign  of  Vincent   Tremeau’s  (Oxfam  RIC  media   Lead  in  Mali)  stunning   photographs  displayed  in   public  places  such  as  cultural   centres,  prisons,  railways.   The  photos  spread  the  message  of  16  Days  and  drew  attention  to  the  issue  of  violence  against  women.  The  campaign   included  a  launching  event  at  the  Galerie  Medina  in  Bamako,  titled  “From  the  Shadow  into  the  Light”.  The  gallery  included   portraits  of  women,  opinion  leaders,  children  and  pictures  focusing  on  the  following  themes:  education,  life-­‐stories  of   violence,  GBV,  harmful  cultural  practices  such  as  female  genital  mutilation,  conflict,  reconciliation  and  justice.  The  photo     5  
  6. 6. GENDER JUSTICE NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                     For Internal Use Only: January 2014                                                                                                                                                                   For Internal Use Only: January 2014 exhibition  also  took  place  in  Gao  (region  in  the  North  of  Mali  where  Oxfam  is  working).  It  was  accompanied  by  radio  and   TV  broadcasting  throughout  the  16  days  featuring  spokespersons  from  Oxfam,  civil  society  organizations  and  other   interviews  to  promote  the  16  Days  campaign.  There  was  also  a  facebook,  twitter,  and  blog  posts  to  promote  the   campaign.    In  terms  of  advocacy,  Oxfam  in  Mali  is  promoting  the  findings  of  their  latest  report  on  the  impact  that  the   conflict  has  had  on  the  social  fabric,  titled  “Piecing  together  the  jigsaw,”  to  highlight  the  positive  role  women  can  play  in   conflict  resolution.     Oxfam  Canada,  over  the  course  of  the  16  Days,  released  six  short  stories  drawn  from  visits  and  interviews  with  our   partners.  Each  story  shares  the  voice  of  a  different  person’s  experience  with,  and  standing  up  against,  gender  violence.   They  also  released  a  discussion  guide  to  tie  our  stories  together  and  support  people  convening  to  discuss  issues  of   violence  in  their  communities  and  around  the  world.  Oxfam  Canada’s  social  media  through  the  16  days  will  focus  on   sharing  conversations  and  reflections  from  those  who  have  read  the  stories.  On  December  10th  -­‐  International  Human   Rights  Day  –  the  affiliate  will  convene  a  digital  discussion  on  our  stories  with  Canadian  partners  working  in  the  women's   movement  to  be  broadcast  live  for  public  viewing.  The  short  stories  and  discussion  guide  are  available  online   at  www.oxfam.ca/16-­‐days     Oxfam  in  East  Africa  held  a  twitter  campaign  on  the  account  @oxfameafrica,  where  they  tweeted  on  a  different  VAW   related  topic  each  day.  The  first  tweet  focused  on  a  blog  post  from  RIC  advisor  Sam  Rosmarin,  from  the  Women  Under   Siege  Project,  titled  “When  we  Focus  on  Rape,  What  do  we  miss?”   http://www.womenundersiegeproject.org/blog/entry/when-­‐we-­‐focus-­‐on-­‐rape-­‐what-­‐do-­‐we-­‐miss   The  Control  Arms  Campaign  also  contributed  to  a  twitter  campaign  by  publishing  #16Days  tweets.  They    have  released   a  blog  written  by  partners  from  WILPF  and  Reaching  Critical  Will  on  GBV  in  the  Arms  Trade  Treaty,  and  launched  a   graphic  today  related  to  landmark  gender  provision  in  ATT  on  the  Control  Arms  Facebook  page.     Policy  &  Practice  circulated  a  newsletter  with  a  special  focus  on  ending  violence  against  women  and  girls  as  part  of  the   16  days  of  activism  campaign.  It  features  a  blog  post  by  Catherine  Meredith  -­‐  Violence  against  women:  changing  attitudes   and  laws,  with  a  focus  on  the  work  of  Raising  Her  Voice.  There  is  also  special  page  on  the  website  with  this  short  url:   www.oxfam.org.uk/evaw.  On  the  Policy  and  Practice  page,  you  can  also  find  links  to  the  Gender  and  Development   Journal’s  latest  issue  on  conflict  and  violence,    two  policy  notes  on  gender  in  emergencies,  and  a  range  of  blog  posts  and   other  resources  on  eliminating  violence  against  women  (EVAW).     Oxfam  in  Uganda  held  an  event  in  the  Oxfam  office  that  focused  on  the  role  that   “We  need  to  empower   power  plays  in  relationships,  which  was  attended  staff,  partners  and  a  team  of   ourselves  first  to  be  able  to   empower  others.  Having  a  big   students  from  Makerere   number  of  women  in  leadership   University  and  Uganda   who  are  not  empowered  does   Christian  University,  and   not  make  a  difference  in   Mukono  under  the  leadership   changing  the  lives  of  women,   we  need  informed,  confident   of  YADEN,  an  Oxfam  partner   and  empowered  leaders  to  push   organization  that  majorly   for  gender  inclusion,  Thank  you   engages  the  youth.  The   to  Oxfam  for  bringing  the  future   students  engaged  in  a  lively   leaders  into  this  discussion”   Margaret  Kakande,  head  budget   debate  with  the  theme   monitoring  and  accountability,   “Women’s  economic   Ministry  of  Finance,  Uganda   empowerment  is  not  sufficient   Oxfam  in  Uganda  staff  and  partners  sending  out  a  shout  to  all   marking  16  days  of  activism.  Credit:  Dorah  Ntunga/Oxfam   itself  to  end  VAW.”     The  head  of  the  budget  monitoring  and  accountability  unit  in  the   Ministry  of  Finance,  Margaret  Kakande  brought  to  reality  what  Gender  Budgeting  in  Government  looks  like  and   highlighted  the  role  of  Ministry  of  Gender  and  the  performance  of  relevant  ministries  in  gender  budgeting.  It  was  a  useful   event  for  program  teams  who  were  able  to  gain  an  understanding  of  gender  budgeting  in  relation  to  their  programming   in  order  to  undertake  to  influence  effective  gender  budgeting  and  demanding  accountability.     6  
  7. 7. GENDER JUSTICE NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                     For Internal Use Only: January 2014                                                                                                                                                                   For Internal Use Only: January 2014 Oxfam  Novib  held  a  "mini  campaign"  during  the  16  days,  throughout  which  they  tweeted  and  launched  a  facebook   action.  The  action  asked  supporters  to  wear  orange  and  join   saynotoviolence.org/orangeyourworld  (see  image  from  Niger).  Novib   also  highlighted  Oxfam  India’s  VAW  Campaign  on  facebook.     Oxfam  India  held  a  number  of  events  during  the  16  Days.  On  the  first   day,  Oxfam  India  launched  the  “No  More  Shhh...”  campaign,  which   encourages  people  to  end  the  silence  around  gender  based  violence  and   raise  their  voices  against  this  injustice.  Through  various  thought   provoking  messages,  Oxfam  India  aims  to  shape  a  positive  public   opinion  about  gender  justice  throughout  the  16  days  of  Activism   against  Gender  based  Violence.    The  campaign  included  actions  on   facebook  and  twitter,  and  through  the  Close  the  Gap  website:   http://closethegap.in/shhh/.  Oxfam  India  and  Chotti  Productions  also   presented  "Between  the  Lines"  -­‐  a  thought  provoking  play  by  Nandita   Das  that  highlights  the  embedded  gender  imbalance  in  Indian  society.   On  the  Human  Rights  Day  (December  10),  Oxfam  India  organized  a   stocktaking  of  Protection  of  Women  from  Domestic  Violence  Act  in   Lucknow.  The  status  report  was  shared  with  the  Department  of   Women  and  Child  Development  and  demands  have  been  made  for  the   immediate  and  effective  implementation  of  the  act  in  the  state.  Also,   during  this  event,  women  survivors  of  domestic  violence  were  championed  for  their  courage  and  efforts  to  end  violence   in  their  lives.   Oxfam  in  Armenia  launched  the  “16  Days  of  Activism  against  Gender  Violence”  on  November  25  by  participating  in  a   public  event  at  UN  Armenia  House,  on  the  theme  “Inspiring  Women  for  Self-­‐Empowerment,  Confidence  and  Personal   Growth.”  Members  of  a  Women’s  Cooperative  and  young  members  of  the  youth  Eco  club  from  the  Gomk  Community  of   Vayots  Dzor  province  presented  their  produce  during  the  events  (photos  available  here).  Oxfam  in  Armenia  also   established  a  “Youth  for  Justice”  online  group,  which  led  a  campaign  during  the  16  Days  of  Activism  Against  Gender   Violence.  Other  online  activities  included  a  “Bloggers  for  Gender  Equality”  contest,  which  included  training  for  bloggers   and  province  media  representatives  on  how  to  write  about  gender  issues  for  social  and  traditional  media.    Posts  of   bloggers  are  publicized  in  the  Oxfam  Competition  blog  page  and  WomenNet  website  blog  portal  and  disseminated   through  Oxfam’s  other  social  channels.      On  Human  Rights  Day,  December  10,  a  flash  mob  of  youth  performed  a  public   display  for  human  rights  protection  on  Yerevan’s  Northern  Avenue.  They  also  collected  petition  signatures  calling  on  the   government  to  support—not  defund—the  important  work  of  the  Ombudsman’s  offices  in  Armenia’s  six  regions,  which   face  the  risk  of  being  shut  down.  Young  members  and  supporters  of  five  civic  centers  in  Vayots  Dzor  and  Syunik  will   mark  global  Human  Rights  Day  with  public  actions  emphasizing  the  importance  of  protecting  human  rights  and  calling   for  all  six  branches  of  the  Ombudsman’s  offices  to  remain  open.       7  

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