teasing, by Suresh Kumar

'Teasing' girls: impact on safety and drop-out in North Karnataka

29 November 2016
Annie Holmes


If you are in London on 1 December, please join STRIVE and the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) for a presentation by Tara Beattie and Martine Collumbien:

“Teasing and fear of teasing: concerns about safety contributing to school drop-out among girls in Northern Karnataka, India”

The practice of street harassment or ‘teasing’ of young girls in India, usually by adolescent boys, seems innocuous and yet its impact on development is profound. 

Drawing on gender theory and social norms theory, Beattie and Collumbien will present insights from on-going evaluation of the Samata intervention, implemented by STRIVE partner, the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT). 

The aim of Samata is to keep lower-caste adolescent girls in secondary school, which requires a multi-level approach to influence social norms that restrict girls’ educational opportunities. The presenters critically review and unpack the concept and nature of teasing as reported in longitudinal qualitative case studies with girls.

By reflecting on reported prevalence of teasing in surveys, we consider normative influences and how current community responses to challenge teasing may be counterproductive to reducing its impact. 


Tara Beattie is an Assistant Professor in social epidemiology in the Department of Global Health and Development and a member of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology group (SaME) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In STRIVE, she works on two trials in North Karnataka, India, with colleagues at the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust: Samata (keeping girls in school) and Samvedana Plus (addressing intimate partner violence against sex workers).

Martine Collumbien is an Associate Professor in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research, in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research  at the LSHTM. Her work within STRIVE focuses on the KHPT trials, Samata and Samvedana Plus, as well as on Parivartan for Girls, a sports-based intervention to empower girls, a study of the International Center for Research on Women.


1 December 2016

12:45 – 14:00

Room LG4

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

15 – 17 Tavistock Place, London


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Drawing by Suresh Kumar, from Samata brochure