Project profile — WE-Talk for the reduction of gender-based violence


Oxfam Canada (22501)
2022-03-17 - 2027-03-01
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Jamaica (100.00%)


• Human rights:
Human rights (15160) (10.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (15.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (75.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to reduce gender-based violence (GBV) in Jamaica against women, girls, boys and other disadvantaged groups. Wo-Man Talk (WE-Talk) contributes to the fulfillment of human rights, increased gender justice and gender equality, and improved lives for women and girls, disadvantaged groups, families and communities. Project activities include: (1) establishing in-depth participatory research to identify social norms perpetuating GBV in Jamaica. The findings will inform behaviour change and advocacy campaigns; (2) developing a map and national directories of referrals and support services for survivors of GBV; (3) providing interactive training with male influencers to promote positive masculinities, and working with boys and young men to develop and reinforce gender- equitable attitudes and behaviours; (4) strengthening women’s rights and other advocacy organizations with training and tools to use evidence-based practices, case studies and accountability systems as they conduct oversight to help prevent and improve responses to GBV cases; and (5) creating an Innovation Fund to competitively award micro-grants to small organizations to advance gender-transformative activities that can reduce and respond to GBV.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased adoption of positive social norms and behaviours by girls, boys, women and men to advance gender-transformative approaches and responses to GBV in Jamaica; and (2) enhanced collective action of local women’s rights, civil society, youth organizations, and feminist collectives to promote and advocate for changes in social norms and behaviours that underpin GBV in Jamaica.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,000,000
Planned disbursement $1,402,563
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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