Creating Spaces

Development Project

Creating Spaces

To take action on violence against women and girls

The Situation

Violence in all its forms deeply harms women, families, communities and economies. Countries in South and East Asia have some of the highest rates of violence against women in the world.

While many countries have established policies and programs to end violence, deeply entrenched values, attitudes and practices slow progress towards violence-free communities. Gender stereotypes still contribute to violence against women and girls. Domestic violence and marital rape, child, early and forced marriage, and trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labour threaten the health and freedom of women and girls, and are a violation of their rights.

It takes a village to end violence. Oxfam works with local organizations, people of all genders, political leaders, law enforcement and institutions to make violence unacceptable.

Meet the Changemakers who are working with Oxfam to end violence against women and girls.

Creating Spaces is an important project in our work to end violence against women and girls, and child and early forced marriage.


Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines

5 years, 2016-2021

Read the program description in French (PDF).

Our Supporters: 
This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada, and the generous Canadian public.

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Project at a Glance

local partner organizations, including women’s rights organizations.
women, men, girls and boys will be reached in six countries.
In South and East Asia, 37% of women will be victims of violence at some point in their lives


This project seeks to reduce violence against women and girls and reduce the prevalence of child, early and forced marriage in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines and Nepal. Meet the change-makers taking action to end violence against women and girls in Bangladesh.

What spaces are we creating?

Space for Support

We improve access to supports like social services, medical assistance, counselling, job training, and legal aid so women can take control of their lives.

Space for Justice

We work with legal professionals and community leaders to uphold the rights of women and girls, and we educate women to better understand - and fight for - their right to a life free of violence.

Space for Change

We help people and institutions learn and adapt approaches to changing attitudes and ending violence against women and girls.

What do we hope to achieve?

We will prevent violence by changing local norms and laws, respond to violence by providing women and girl survivors with support, and improve understanding of violence by strengthening collective efforts and learning across the region.

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