In the Bihar state of India, 43 percent of women experience intimate partner violence, often fuelled by inequitable gender norms. However, limited evidence exists on what works to change these beliefs and behaviors and reduce harmful practices.
To address these research gaps and develop more effective programming, the Population Council—working with partners the Centre for Catalysing Change (C3) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and supported by UKaid—implemented the Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (“Two Steps Towards Equality”) program. The initiative sought to generate evidence on what may work to change attitudes that contribute to SGBV and to reduce the perpetration and experience of such violence. Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore evaluated four intervention models (Overview Brief) and assessed existing services for women affected by intimate partner violence (IPV), like helplines and short homestays, available to women (Summary Brief).
- Changing attitudes and practices of boys through sports and life skills education, working with boys in youth clubs (Summary Brief)
- Empowering women and addressing violence against women through self-help groups (Summary Brief)
- Community-based interventions to change notions of masculinity and modify men’s lifestyles, including alcohol abuse (Summary Brief)
- Using frontline community and health workers to screen women for violence, identify and refer those who have experienced marital violence (Summary Brief)
Insights from Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore were shared with stakeholders at a forum on March 31 in New Delhi. The program received a range of news coverage in the Indian press. Highlights include:
- Two steps towards equality — a programme to reduce violence against women (IANS)
- Interventions to check crime against women (Tribune India)
- Two steps towards equality: Taking up cudgels against gender violence (The Week)
- Let’s talk about men as agents of change (Indian Express)
Learn more about Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore here.