Gender norms, violence and HIV working group

Gender, violence and social norms working group.pdf

A social norms perspective can strengthen the capacity of researchers and partner institutions to deliver on the STRIVE agenda.

Co-research director of the consortium, Lori Heise, further developed thinking and concepts from STRIVE’s influential workshop on social norms in January 2013. That drew a multi-disciplinary group from different institutions (including theoreticians, researchers, programme implementers and funders) to clarify definitions and applications of this useful paradigm.

 Attitudes are individually held beliefs. By contrast, norms are interdependent and represent shared social expectations.

At STRIVE’s 2014 Annual Meeting, held in Johannesburg South Africa in May, Heise presented an overview of the field to a newly formed working group on gender norms and violence. Her presentation explored:

  • different definitions and types of social norms
  • norms as part of a web of interconnected beliefs, values and expectations
  • implications for programming
  • considerations for measuring social norms
  • the Knowledge into Action Strategy

A clear conceptual framework on social norms is proving useful in designing interventions to tackle gender-based violence, child marriage, female genital cutting and other harms.

Building a new positive norm can be more strategic than dismantling a negative one.

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