Advance women's rights
Survivors of gender-based and other types of violence learn how to write the letter “e” during a literacy lessons at the Women’s Home in Bria, in the heart of the Central African Republic.
Credit: Aurélie Godet / Oxfam
Women's economic rights are continuously violated, and their economic worth remains misunderstood, despite the fact that they produce most of the region’s foodstuffs. Rural women keep facing numerous barriers preventing them from fulfilling their potential as farmers and entrepreneurs.
Women’s uphill battle starts at an early age when too many girls are kept out of school due to poverty, insecurity, early marriages and pregnancies. Violence against women and young girls is persisting and it is one of the main causes of death or serious injury among those aged between 19 and 44.
This is why we help women become full and equal members in their communities and societies and influence others to respect that through our Enough! campaign. We support women to take control of their incomes and assets, of the decisions that affect their lives and even lead organizations. And we help women exercise their right to a life free from fear and violence.
What are the social norms that reinforce violence against women and girls in West Africa? We asked young activists who campaign for women's rights and who gathered at the West African Youth Consultation organized by Oxfam in Cotonou in November 2019. Oxfam listens to the voices of change. #SayEnough