Expanding the Evidence Base for Primary Prevention of Gender-based Violence: Multi-country Evaluations of School-based Interventions in Asia

Project Duration

2013 - 2015

Project Funder

Department for International Development (DFID)

Lead Project Partners

Partners for Prevention

ICRW Project Director

Ravi Verma


ICRW and Partners for Prevention will conduct a randomized controlled trial of school-based, violence prevention interventions for young adolescents across three countries in Asia: Vietnam, India and Bangladesh.  The intervention in each site is based on the Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS) program that ICRW and partners developed and tested in Mumbai, India, from 2008-2010.  That study demonstrated the feasibility and importance of intervening early to shift attitudes and norms around gender equality and gender-based violence.

The current study will make a significant contribution to the evidence base of what works in developing gender-equitable and non-violent attitudes and behaviors among boys and girls through rigorous, mixed-method evaluations across three sites in the region.