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A women's group in Bangladesh undergoing leadership training, including consideration of Violence Against Women. PHOTO RANAJIT KUMAR PAUL/SKS FOUNDATION, GAIBANDHA

Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women is central in perpetuating women’s position of economic, social and political subordination, marginalisation and inequality. It can restrict women’s movements and access to markets, and limits income generating opportunities. Women’s Unpaid Care Work burden can also compound  discriminatory social norms and greatly increase vulnerability to violence.

The POWER project includes training and interventions to address Violence Against Women at household and community level. It also works with groups at local, national, regional and international level to improve policies addressing Violence Against Women or to ensure existing policies are better implemented.

ActionAid Ghana’s POWER project team organised on a media sensitisation meeting on the concept of Unpaid Care Work in the Upper West Region. Over 20 journalists, local and government partners attended the meeting. As Violence Against Women is such a concern for many of the women’s groups engaged in the POWER project it was also addressed during this training.

Violence Against Women reporting mechanism training in Bangladesh.

Voices from the community

  • Kantetere Annick, 34, lives in a village in Rwanda. ‘’It has been very difficult to me to convince my husband to let me be member of Turwanye Ubukene women group’’ said Read More
  • Saleha, 40, a smallholder farmer in Bangladesh faced barriers in selling her goods, including the fear of violence against women. This is in large part due to the stereotyped male Read More
  • In Shangla district, Pakistan, an event was organized: to sensitise government officials on the issue of Violence Against Women in Shangla; to identify a referral mechanism to address the issues Read More


BOOSTING RESILIENCE: The relationship between climate change, agroecology and unpaid care work

This webinar was the fourth in the POWER project international webinar series. It explored the theme of enhancing resilient livelihoods for women farmers, by examining the effects of climate change, the benefits of agroecology and how these intersect with women’s unpaid care work. Read More…

Transforming Unpaid Care Work through Redistribution

This webinar was the third of the POWER project international webinar series. It explored the theme of redistribution of Unpaid Care Work – what this meaningfully looks like, its significance on women’s economic empowerment, how to effectively measure trends and the roles of governments in facilitating. Read More…

Unpaid Care Work and Violence Against Women webinar

This webinar was the first of the POWER project international webinar series. It looks at how Unpaid Care is linked to Violence Against Women. Can addressing Unpaid Care Work lead to a reduction in Violence Against Women? Or can attempts to recognise, reduce and redistribute Unpaid Care Work actually be seen as a justifcation for Violence Against Women? Over 40 participants heard presentations on work being done in this area at both ActionAid and Oxfam and then had a chance to input their own experiences and challenges. Read More…

Find out more about ActionAid’s approach to

Violence Against Women in general here