Evidence brief: Parivartan for Girls: Addressing restrictive gender norms

Worldwide, harmful gender norms are structural barriers to the health and development of adolescent girls. In India, restrictions on girls’ liberty to move freely in public spaces contribute to school dropout and early marriage, and negatively affect girls’ health and wellbeing from adolescence into adulthood.

Impact case study: Engaging adolescent girls in a sports-based programme to challenge norms in their communities

Harmful gender norms act as a major hurdle in the development of adolescent girls and young women in India. The Parivartan programme engaged with adolescent girls in a sports programme, challenging the strong norm that “sports is a boys’ thing” and demonstrating that change is possible. The role-model approach helped girls and young women to claim public space and this resulted in increased mobility and visibility. 

Evidence brief: Normalising alcohol consumption among youth in Mumbai, India

Excessive alcohol consumption among young people – and the associated negative consequences – are a growing public health concern globally.

As part of a multi-country study by STRIVE partners into alcohol, health and sexual risk among young people, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) conducted a descriptive study with college students in Mumbai, India. Using mapping technology and participatory photovoice, researchers investigated alcohol availability and norms around drinking as structural factors shaping drinking by young people.

Multi-country study of alcohol and youth


Alcohol is an important risk factor for HIV, especially for young people, where consumption can expose them to social, public and sexual health problems and risks such as needle sharing among injecting drug users, multiple and concurrent sexual partnerships, unprotected sex and partner violence. More generally, the harmful use of alcohol is responsible for 6% of all deaths globally and contributes to over 200 diseases. 

Webinar: Age-disparate sex and HIV risk in Tanzania and Uganda

Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday 27th March, 11am GMT

Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday 27th March, 11am GMT

A systematic review of selected human rights programs to improve HIV-related outcomes from 2003 to 2015: what do we know?

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Repressive legal environments and widespread human rights violations act as structural impediments to efforts to engage key populations at risk of HIV infection in HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts. The identification and scale-up of human rights programs and rights-based interventions that enable coverage of and retention in evidence-based HIV prevention and treatment approaches is crucial for halting the epidemic.

Stories of Change: Love isn't expressed through violence

Stories of Change share the powerful and personal stories of how STRIVE has had an impact on individuals, families and communities through our interventions and research. 

This story is about Yellavva, a sex worker from Karnataka, India. Yellavva participated in an intervention to reduce violence and increase condom use in the intimate partnerships of female sex workers. 

It’s not “all in your head”: critical knowledge gaps on internalized HIV stigma and a call for integrating social and structural conceptualizations

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Internalized HIV stigma is a public health concern as it can compromise HIV prevention, care and treatment. This paper has two aims.

HIV Beyond Goal 3: Interconnections between HIV, Human Rights and Sustainable Development

Interactive parliamentary event launches new report ‘HIV Beyond Goal 3’


When we intervene effectively on the structural drivers of HIV, we achieve other health and development impact - as STRIVE research and analysis demonstrate. So the STRIVE team were glad to collaborate with Frontline AIDS (formerly the AIDS Alliance) and STOPAIDS to produce a powerful summary of the intersections between HIV and many others of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).