Beyond victims and villains

Working with communities to reduce intimate partner violence among marginalized young women in Botswana.

Description

Beyond victims and villains: Working with communities to reduce intimate partner violence among marginalized young women in Botswana

In this project we worked in three communities in Botswana to test interventions to reduce violence against young women and girls. Stakeholders (young women, young men, older women and older men) built fuzzy cognitive maps to systematize their knowledge about causes of violence against young women. Workshops for young women aimed to build their self-esteem and help them to access government livelihood support programs. We trained facilitators to use an evidence-based audio-drama (BVV), including findings from the mapping exercise, with school students and groups in the community, including men’s groups. Young women who participated in workshops showed improved self-esteem. Men who participated in BVV groups improved their attitudes about gender and gender violence. This improvement did not happen immediately, but rather after several months.

Partners: CIET Trust Botswana

Country: Botswana

Dates: 2019 to 2020

Funding: Grand Challenges Canada