[16DaysAgianstGBV] Virtual Roundtable - Shifting Social Norms around Gender: Lessons from the CHOICES program in Somalia


​Join us for an event where we will learn from an impact evaluation of the CHOICES Somalia program designed to challenge views on restrictive gender norms among young adolescents in Somalia. The Choices program implemented by Save the Children aims to encourage the development of positive, mutually-respectful gender attitudes and behaviors among adolescent boys and girls and promotes greater gender equality in the home. The program is targeted to adolescents aged 10 to 14 years old, which is considered an age before adolescents become firmly entrenched in the application of gender norms with the opposite sex. The curriculum of the Choices program is designed to address, discuss and reflect on relevant gender norms, in particular, those norms that relate to young adolescents’ attitudes towards women’s economic empowerment and the role they play in the domestic sphere. The Choices program involves adolescents' participation in ten 2-hour training sessions over three months in an after-school program. Adolescents in- and out-of-school are considered eligible for the program. In the sessions adolescents are engaged in interactive, developmentally-appropriate, exploratory activities involving dialogue about their notions of respect, communication, fairness and their dreams for the future. Each session would typically include 2 trainers (male and female) who would instruct mixed-gender activities such as drama, poetry and debate competitions. Opening Remarks/ Moderator: Sreelakshmi Papineni, Economist, World Bank Panelists: Niklas Buehren, Senior Economist, World Bank Dr. Munshi Sulaiman, Director of Research and Evaluation, Save the Children International Samar Abdelrahman, Gender Equality and GBV Technical Specialist Save the Children Billow Hassan Abdi, Save the Children Somalia representative Verena Phipps, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank

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