ALIGN held its inaugural webinar on 10 July 2018 to discuss 'cross-country perspectives on gender norms' with an audience of 91 participants who tuned in for this session. Watch the recording and download the slides at the bottom of the page.
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Webinar "Challenging Evaluation Norms Photovoice, Sensemaker and Assessing Social Norms Change", presented by Elizabeth Brezovich, Senior Technical Advisor, Design, MEL and Operations, Tipping Point.
ALIGN has developed an annotated bibliography that brings together key resources on social protection and gender norms. The studies outlined discuss how social protection programmes incorporate attention to gender norms, how gender norms affect the operation of social protection programmes and how social protection programmes contribute to gender norm change. We have identified materials with particular insights on the effects on adolescents and young people.
One of the best known applications of social norms theory has been to address the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Factorial focus group analysis is a powerful method for understanding the constellation of norms and patterns of norm change. The analytic methods described in this working paper can be used to study social norm change not only regarding FGM/C, but for a wide range of issues such as those surrounding child marriage, adoption of contraception, and other behaviours.
This report summarises the main findings from qualitative research to identify the main social norms related to unpaid care and domestic work in rural communities in four districts in Zimbabwe. The research served to identify who the leaders are that communities look up to in order to validate social norms change. It helped to identify nascent opportunities for changes in the gendered division of labour, and what the implications are for planning and practice in addressing inequalities on unpaid care and domestic work.
This article details a conceptual framework displaying the experiences of young people navigating patriarchal and alternative norms within six key domains. It uses findings from an ethnographic cohort study which sought to understand how gendered norms and practices develop during the transition from child to young adult in post-conflict northern Uganda. A total of 60 girls and boys aged 10–19 were selected using purposive sampling for in-depth interviews over a three-year period.
While much has been learned about social norms surrounding Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), less is known about the interactions that shape views of FGM/C decision-makers, including
those interactions with men. To fill this gap, a qualitative network study was conducted in two regions of
Senegal, producing detailed information about the contextual factors that are shaping and altering social
The private sector is becoming an increasingly important development actor. This ALIGN report, by Rebecca Calder, explores some of the ways in which the private sector is engaging with discriminatory gender norms and their impacts. It examines private sector motivations for engaging with gender norms, efforts to integrate women and girls into supply chains, and their outcomes, and gender lens investing as a means to support norm change activities. It also examines some private sector innovations that are being adopted in social change activity.
This article (closed access) discusses violence against women and girls in humanitarian settings,suggesting the core of efforts to prevent gender based violence must be reducing 'oppressive gender and social norms.' The paper discusses a study which analysed local attitudes towards and social norms around physical and sexual abuse of girls among two conflict affected populations - villages in South Kiyu in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudanese and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopian camps.
This Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence briefing discusses change strategies to support gender norm change through:
- empowering girls
- engaging with boys and men
- supporting families
- promoting community social norm change
- strengthening school systems, and
- strengthening adolescent focused services and systems.