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Building Capacity to Develop Gender-based Violence Interventions in Peri-urban India

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Funding Fogarty Program

Global Noncommunicable Diseases and Injury Research

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Building Capacity to Develop Gender-based Violence Interventions in Peri-urban India

Principal Institution

University of Iowa

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Story, William Thomas; Gnanaselvam, Nancy Angeline

Project Contact Information

Email: william-story@uiowa.edu

Year(s) Awarded

2019-2022

Country

India

Collaborators

Saint John’s Research Institute

Project Description

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most common form of gender-based violence, with very high rates of IPV in Southeast Asia. In India, where an average of 35% of ever-married women have experienced IPV, the public health burden—which includes injury, depression, psychosocial stress, sexually transmitted diseases, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and death—is particularly heavy in the country’s rapidly growing and socioeconomically divided peri-urban areas. Peri-urban communities in India can benefit from studies that contribute to the development of culturally appropriate, male-focused interventions to transform gender norms and reduce violence against women and girls.

This collaboration is addressing the urgent need to work with early adolescent boys and their male role models to reshape ideologies about gender roles and masculinity. Focusing on two peri-urban catchment areas in southeast Bangalore district, the two-year, mixed-method project will 1) assess attitudes and behaviors related to gender roles, masculinity, social capital, and violence against women among couples; 2) explore the attitudes of boys, girls, men, and women related to gender norms; and 3) build the institutional capacity of Saint John's Medical College to address violence against women in their research and medical training.

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