Two Sides of Gender: Sex, Power, and Adolescence
|Speaker:||Markus Goldstein , World Bank|
|Date:||Friday 4 June 2021|
Adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa have among the highest rates of unplanned pregnancy and intimate partner violence (IPV) across the globe. We implement a randomized controlled trial offering adolescent females in Tanzania access to free contraceptives, a goal-setting activity around improving their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes, as well as a soccer-based behavior change program for their male partners. Offering male partners a soccer intervention, which educates and inspires young men to make better SRH choices, reduces female reports of IPV.
Female adolescents invited to participate in the goal-setting activity also report significant decreases in IPV. Impacts are larger among females who were already sexually active at baseline. The soccer intervention appears to reduce IPV by shifting male attitudes around violence and reducing sexual activity. The goal-setting intervention reduces IPV by shifting females toward less risky partners.