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Economic and Social Empowerment to Reduce Violence against Women - Research Brief

Authors: 
Sarah Green
Organizational Authors: 
IRC
Year Published: 
2014

This research concludes that pairing a dialogue group that engages couples on household gender dynamics with an economic empowerment program for women was more effective in reducing intimate partner violence in conflict-affected communities in Cote d’Ivoire than the economic empowerment program alone.  The link between women’s financial dependence and gender-based violence has inspired programs aiming to empower women economically as a potential violence-prevention strategy. On their own, however, these programs fail to explicitly address the harmful gender norms that make intimate partner violence possible, as well as the potential for increased violence as women become more independent.  Emerging research suggests that programs focused on challenging gender biases directly, including by engaging men, may hold a key to reducing violence against women. This research was conducted by the Yale School of Public Health and Innovations for Poverty Action.   

 

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