January 29, 2018 | 3:27 pm | Betsy Costenbader and Rachel Lenzi (FHI 360)
Social norms are a hot topic in development. While it seems intuitive that social norms can play a key role in influencing people’s behavior (in both negative and positive ways), the jury is still out on the best way for programs to address norms. We do know that in order to provide evidence on the power of norms change to improve behavior, we need effective ways to measure and monitor norms.
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Posted In: Projects, Passages Project, Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation
December 4, 2017 | 4:16 pm | Courtney J. McLarnon-Silk, Esther Spindler (IRH); Francesca Quirke (Tearfund)
In September 2017, IRH and partners traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to present at the Sexual Violence Research Institute (SVRI) Forum and share experiences with 500 other experts working to prevent and respond to sexual violence. IRH, Tearfund, and Promundo-US co-led a satellite event titled, Exploring the Links between Intimate Partner Violence and Family Planning Use: Building Knowledge for Normative Change to Promote Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health.  
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Posted In: Projects, Passages Project, REAL Fathers Initiative, Gender Equality, Family Planning
November 13, 2017 | 3:51 pm | Brianán Kiernan, Program Officer | Jen Gayles, Adolescent Health Specialist, Save the Children
Too often, adolescents and their parents are unequipped to deal with the rapid transformation of adolescence – a critical period when young people navigate the physical and emotional changes of puberty while they assume adult roles and responsibilities. Adolescents’ ability to develop positive relationships and make healthy choices during this time is heavily influenced by social norms – the rules of behavior that are established by what their parents, peers, family, and other respected community members say and do. Very young adolescence (10-14 years) is an opportune time to provide information and build practical skills before children become sexually active and internalize gender roles.
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Posted In: Projects, Passages Project, Gender Equality, Adolescents