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Proving What Works with Change Starts at Home

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Building on the success of VOICES and its radio series, Mutual Understanding, EA is deepening and expanding our investment in Nepali women and girls. We recently launched Change Starts at Home to test our theory of change with rigorous academic research and an independent impact assessment.

In Nepal, 31.5% of women report emotional, physical, or sexual violence by an intimate partner (IPV2) in their lifetime. Despite evidence suggesting that patriarchal social norms underpin IPV, very few interventions in Nepal have tested whether changing social norms to promote gender equity reduces levels of intimate partner violence. Change Starts at Home is designed to test this theory of change.

 
Through an innovative, interactive radio series, ongoing SMS feedback (mobile text messaging) and diverse community mobilization activities, Change… is designed to prevent violence against Nepali women and girls by addressing social norms, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate women’s and girl’s low status. Our evaluation utilizes a two-pronged Randomized Control Trial enabling in-depth examination of potential pathways of change. It also examines the extent to which characteristics of a woman’s family and in-laws (including attitudes toward IPV, forced child marriage, reproductive coercion, and decision-making practices) exacerbate women’s and girls’ direct experience of intimate partner violence. Change… targets married couples, family members and community leaders, across eight districts in Nepal, including those severely impacted by the recent earthquake.

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