Prevention of personal and interpersonal violence


Youth co-design prevention of gendered personal and interpersonal violence in Botswana

The project takes place in Botswana, a middle-income country. It examines systematic and personal causes of gender violence and suicide among youth, serious public health concerns globally. It has a focus on equity. Poverty is an important risk factor for both gender violence and suicide in low- and middle-income countries. Botswana has one of the highest levels of income
inequality in the world. Our preparatory work among youth in rural Botswana highlighted poverty and associated problems as perceived causes of youth violence. Our project works with disadvantaged youth to reduce their risks of gender violence and suicide.

The project falls within the mandate of the IPPH to support research into determinants of health and to apply knowledge to improve the health of individuals and populations through strategic partnerships with population and public health stakeholders. It explores with youth and other stakeholders in Botswana their perceptions of local causes of youth partner violence and suicide and supports them to plan and implement actions to tackle these causes. Stakeholders include young women and men, service providers, community leaders, and policy makers.

Our study is one of the first in Botswana to incorporate gender diversity into data gathering and analysis of youth experiences. We will disaggregate data gathering groups by binary gender and collaborate with an LGBTIQ+ advocacy group to recruit gender diverse youth. Participants in the anonymous household and school surveys will self-identify gender identity and sexual orientation. An intersectional gender analysis will examine interactions between gender and other identity factors related to violence. Narratives of change from dialogue group participants will explore impact of the pilot intervention from the perspectives of young men and women and specifically LBGTIQ+ participants.

Dates: 2024 to 2025

Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): Appl. # 507152 Total: $100.000,00 (Canadian dollar)

Please refer to the publications related to this project, which can be found in our publications section or through the following links: