Past Event

Training Local Leaders to Prevent & Reduce Partner Violence: Peru

February 16, 2022
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Training Local Leaders to Prevent and Reduce Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Peru

Comparative Politics Seminar 02/16: Guest Speaker Livia Schubiger (Duke University)

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More than one in four women worldwide have been affected by sexual or physical intimate partner violence (WHO 2021). A third of femicides worldwide are committed by an intimate partner (UNODC, 2019). Despite the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) and its long-term welfare consequences, there is scarce rigorous evidence on interventions that aim to reduce it. Leaders in Action (LIA), the flagship program of the Peruvian Ministry of Women (MIMP), is a large-scale intervention aimed at changing social norms around IPV in rural areas. The program trains local leaders to work within their communities to prevent and reduce IPV. LIA itself is organized through the MIMP’s network of Emergency Centers for Women (CEMs), each of which identifies and trains leaders from local social organizations to serve as facilitators who train and oversee community agents in each village to administer regular IPV prevention activities at different levels. We conduct a randomized evaluation to assess the impact of two alternative, theory-driven approaches to delivering this program: a household-based intervention (HT) that delivers door-to-door training sessions to men and women together, and a group-based intervention (GT) that delivers workshops separately for women and men. We rely on an edutainment approach, a communication strategy that works through media with the aim of promoting a better context for behavior change than the delivery of information alone.

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