On Wednesday, May 12th, at 02.30 pm, Lisbon time, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Manisha Shah from UCLA to present her work on Two Sides of Gender: Sex, Power, and Adolescence.
Author: Manisha Shah, UCLA
Abstract: 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 females access to free contraceptives, a goal-setting activity around staying healthy in order to improve female adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes, as well as a behavior change programming to male partners through soccer in Tanzania. 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 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.