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What Works





Women’s experience, and men’s perpetration, of IPV is linked to gender inequalities and economic marginalisation.

There is a strong body of evidence that economic strengthening and gender transformative interventions combined reduce women’s experience of IPV, but it is less clear how to translate this approach into interventions for young people in urban informal settlements and whether men should be included.

Goal of the intervention is to reduce women’s experience and men’s perpetration of IPV.

Urban informal settlements in Durban, South Africa, with young women and men (18-30), out of work.

Cluster randomised control trial with 1 and 2 year follow ups.

Young men and young women from informal settlements and similar communities will facilitate same gender groups of up to twenty participants each.

Each community will have one women’s and one men’s group.

One facilitator per group supported by a team of more experienced facilitators.

Facilitator training is five weeks long, introduces contextual, methodological and content (gender, sex, reproduction and HIV) issues and provides practical experience of facilitation.

Interventions that have a formal manual or series of session or in schools.

40 participants per group (20 women, 20 men) with the majority of sessions run as single sex sessions.

21 sessions in total, 10 of Stepping Stones, 11 of Creating Futures.

Overall there is about 63 hours contact time, with sessions run twice a week.

Stepping Stones includes sessions on: communication, gender, violence, sex, HIV.

Creating Futures sessions include: saving and spending money, getting and keeping a job, social support – based on 5 capitals of livelhoods.

Approach is participatory, building of Freire and adult education theories of behaviour change.

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