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BRIEF April 9, 2019

Development Marketplace 2019: Jordan

Harnessing the power of social networks to create positive change in norms and attitudes towards SGBV among youth in Jordan

World Bank Vice President for Middle East and North Africa Ferid Belhag presents 2019 Development Marketplace award to Areej Othman, Jordan Photo: World Bank / Grant Ellis


Project Summary:
Sexual and gender-based violence is widespread among youth in Jordan, as are attitudes that support gaps between men and women. While attitudes are often first established, normalized, and entrenched within the home, childhood beliefs are reaffirmed and challenged by new social interactions as youths develop their own social networks.

The Development Marketplace award will enable the researchers to understand how social interactions among youth influence attitudes related to gender and sexual and gender-based violence. The research will take place among 1,000 youth (men and women aged 18-24) living in East Amman. The researchers will use these insights to promote evidence-based recommendations for research and interventions.

Project Team: 
Ana Langer, SV Subramanian, Areej Othman, Eman Abu Sabbah, Iqbal Hamad, and Maysoon Dabo