Oxfam with its partners will be launching a campaign on 26th November 2016 on Ending Gender Based Violence especially violence targeted towards Women and Girls (EVAWG) in Colleges and Universities.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year and runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December.
This year’s theme is; “Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence Against Women and Girls”
EVAWG is Oxfam’s Global campaign which aims to challenge and replace the long held misconception that Men are superior to Women and Girls.
To achieve this, Oxfam will support students in Colleges and Universities to understand the drivers of Violence and build their Capacity to say “Enough” to harmful social norms, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate violence on Women and Girls in colleges and universities.
Dailes Judge, Country Director For Oxfam in Zambia says they will also work to ensure that women’s rights organizations and movements are supported to advocate for implementation of progressive laws and policies aiming to end violence against women and girls.
Judge says OXFAM believes that Gender based Violence is deep rooted in Traditional beliefs, Social Norms, Practices and attitudes, and that it is these factors that perpetuate Male Dominance and subjugate the rights of Women and Girls.
Judge says Social norms are behind some of the causes of violence against women and girls globally, and colleges and universities are not exempted from this.