The other pandemic

Violence against women is a global issue of epic proportions.

Enough now. Let's change the future for the next generation.

While coronavirus dominates headlines, a more insidious pandemic continues to destroy lives across the world — and tragically, life in lockdown is making it worse.

One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence, usually at the hands of an intimate partner. That’s one third of all women, worldwide. UN data shows that since the onset of COVID-19, calls to domestic violence helplines have increased five-fold in some countries.

Since the onset of COVID-19, calls to domestic violence helplines have increased five-fold in some countries.

Globally 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners.

There are still 49 countries worldwide that lack laws protecting women from family violence.

One in three women aged 15-49 experiences sexual or physical violence, mosly at the hands of an intimate partner

One in three girls aged 15-19 experiences genital mutilation in the 30 countries where the practice is most common.

Nearly three out of four people who are trafficked for slavery are women and girls.

Working with local partners, we’re giving survivors urgent support such as emergency shelter, as well as investing in long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence.

With your support, we can:

The other pandemic — end violence against women

help provide women and children escaping violence with food, water and emergency shelter in a safe house.

The other pandemic — end violence against women

help provide counselling, referral and legal support services for survivors of sexual assault.

The other pandemic — end violence against women

help deliver programs to men and boys, designed to reduce violence and create a safer environment for women and children.

Your donation can save lives today and change countless lives tomorrow.

We're addressing violence in...

In PNG we work with 11 partner organisations to reduce family violence. With our partners we provide crisis services, work with men and boys to embrace healthy attitudes and behaviours; and advocate for better laws.

In Solomon Islands, we have a volunteer taskforce of more than 80 young people, sharing the message of gender equality and non-violence through radio, sports, arts, school engagement and more, reaching thousands across the country.

In Vanuatu we’re training leaders — whose beliefs and decision-making will influence whole communities — to learn about, embrace and share gender equality and nonviolence messaging.

In Fiji we’re sharing antiviolence, anti-discrimination messaging with the Council of Churches, the police force and the government, while helping rural women and sexual and gender minority communities earn a living.

In Indonesia we’re helping organisations to increase women’s participation. Our leadership program works to ensure women influence action on national and local issues including family violence and healthcare.

In India we’re working to impact family violence and child marriage by increasing access to crisis services, encouraging communities to embrace positive behaviours and boosting women’s livelihood opportunities.

Let's work together to end violence against women and girls.

In Australia, multiple organisations are offering confidential and 24-hour support regarding sexual abuse and family violence. If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out to one of these services.

All photos: Patrick Moran / OxfamAUS
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