Project Title: Creating spaces to take action on violence against women and girls
Funding Agency: Oxfam
Project Period: January 2017, to March 2021
Project Target Area:
- Ishnath Municipality: Ward no. 2, 3, 4
- Paroha Municipality: Ward no. 7, 8, 9
Target Groups: Women and Girls- Specially Women and girls who experienced Gender based violence and Child marriage.
The Creating Spaces project is one of the major project in Rautahat, focusing child marriage and gender based violence. The project has full of innovative ideas for change such social issues. It’s carrying high expectation from target group for the change. The foundation of the project is healthy to eliminate such form of gender based violence and child marriage issues and it is major and concern issues targeted by the Nepalese government. Constitution, Policy, Act and Laws favoring the issue for its elimination from the society. In the context of Rautahat, District Administration Office, District Police Office, Women and Child Service Centre, Women and Child Office, Municipalities and other like-minded agency are working together to eliminate and stop child marriage and GBV. Such effort from different sector will definitely help Creating Spaces project to reach the desired goal. Government offices have already appointed one gender focal person in their respective office. Political parties, civil society, journalist, I/NGOs, CBOs and other concern stakeholders are positive towards the gender based violence and child marriage free society.
There is widespread prevalence of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in Nepalese society as well in Rautahat district. Marrying at the early age puts young girls at risk of reproductive health problems, including early and high-risk pregnancies, low birth weight baby, high maternal mortality among teenage mothers, as well as, hinders her in educational and economic opportunities. While enabling laws and policies that denounce VAWG and CEFM are in place, implementation has been slow. The Creating Spaces to Take Action on Violence Against Women and Girls project, therefore, aims to reduce VAWG and CEFM. Through integrated and multi-faceted approach, acting on multiple levels (individual, community, institutional and societal) with diverse actors, particularly influencers, youth/adolescents and women and girl who have experienced violence, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), especially Women’s Rights Organizations (WROs), and national and regional networks and alliances. The project will be led by the gender Justice Programme in Oxfam Nepal that envisions a safe and just society where women enjoy equal rights and are valued and acknowledged as decision makers at all levels. The project builds on the experience of the Gender Justice Programme in implementing program on combating gender based violence, women’s leadership, CEFM under the Gender Justice Program.
The major objective of a programme:
- To reduce early forced & child marriage.
- To stop gender based violence.
- To increase capacity of women and girls who experience GBV.
- To counter harmful social norms.
- Advocacy for make change in existing laws and policies at local and national level.
- Child club Activities at school and Madarsha
- Round Table workshop/ Training/ Meeting under Legal frame work
- Undertake workshop/ training to raise awareness of local stakeholders and women and girls (Public and private) on the importance of supporting women's economic right
- Performance of forum theatre
- Door to Door signature campaign
- Advocacy and lobby meeting
- Strengthened engagement of Key Religious, Community, Private Sector, And Political Actors and Youth in Advancing women's rights & reducing violence against women and Girls.
- Greater Access to Support services and economic opportunities for women and girls affected by violence and child, early & forced marriage.
- Increased use of innovative knowledge, including best and emerging practice and accountability systems to end VAWG.
Total Direct Beneficiaries in the first Year: 1355 people (1125 CDCs members and 230 Child club members).
How we work?
Creating spaces where key community stakeholders can identify, take responsibility for and nurture positive gender attitudes and norms
The key to preventing violence
Creating spaces for women and girls who have experienced violence to access support services and economic opportunities
The key to Responding to violence
Creating spaces for civil society, especially WROs, to connect, reflect, share, learn and adapt their approaches to reducing VAWG and CEFM
The key to sustainable change
Major planned activities for 2018
- Reflect Based CDCs -45
- Child club Activities at school and Madarsha -100
- Round Table workshop/ Training/ Meeting under Legal frame work -2
- Undertake workshop/ training to raise awareness of local stakeholders and women and girls (Public and private) on the importance of supporting women's economic right -3
- Performance of forum theatre -40
- Door to Door signature campaign -45
- Advocacy and lobby meeting -2