Creating Spaces Project
Creating Spaces is an Oxfam Canada flagship project that takes action to reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG), including child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in 6 countries - Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, and Nepal. How? By helping change the attitudes, behaviours, and systems that perpetuate violence against women and girls.
Taking action on violence against women and girls.
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most rampant human rights violations. According to United Nations estimates, one in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence because she is a woman. Violence is a major obstacle to women’s and girls’ development, and to the welfare and development of their communities and societies as a whole.
Together, we can change her story.
Oxfam is working to build a safe and just world where women and girls are in control of their lives and live free from violence. With your support, we aim to reach 245,000 women and girls over the next five years, working with 25 community partners in six countries.
What spaces are we creating?
We’re creating spaces for support. Women who experience violence often lack access to support services. Creating Spaces improves access to social services, medical assistance, counselling, job training, and legal aid. Support provides women with tools to take control of their lives and to build a better future.
We’re creating spaces for justice. Laws often exist, but go unenforced or unchallenged. Creating Spaces works with legal professionals and community leaders to uphold the rights of women and girls. We educate women to better understand - and fight for - their right to a life free of violence.
We’re creating spaces for change. Creating Spaces facilitates knowledge-sharing between local partners and countries to generate widespread change. We help individuals and institutions connect, share, learn and adapt approaches to ending violence against women and girls
Over 5 years, Creating Spaces will:
Change how communities think about violence and the acceptance of violence.
Provide support to women and girls who have experienced violence.
Strengthen women & girls' rights, leadership, and engagement.
Help institutions and networks get the tools they need to influence change.
Support this unstoppable movement of change! The research is clear: give women the tools to take an active and equitable role in their society, and
change happens across families, communities, and entire cultures. Join us in building a safe and just world for women and girls, their families, and their communities.
" Change is noticeable. We see a new energy and willingness amongst community members, even religious leaders, to tackle the issue. "
-Ibrahim, NGO Network on CEFM Adcocacy, Indonesia
More on Creating Spaces:
- BLOG: The Girl Child is Resilient, Strong, and Unstoppable (October 2017)
- BLOG: Oxfam Canada’s newest program: Creating space to take action on violence against women and girls (July 2016)
Creating Spaces is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada.