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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar

Training Local Leaders to Prevent and Reduce Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Peru

Livia Schubiger (Duke University), joint with Erica Field, Ursula Aldana, Javier Romero

Tuesday 21 March 2023 14:00 - 15:30

Many of our seminars and public events this year will continue as in person or as hybrid (online and in person) events. Please check our website listings and Twitter feed @STICERD_LSE for updates.

Unless otherwise specified, in-person seminars are open to the public.

Those unable to join the seminars in-person are welcome to participate via zoom if the event is hybrid.

About this event

More than one in four women worldwide have been affected by sexual or physical intimate partner violence (WHO 2021). A third of all women intentionally killed worldwide are killed by an intimate partner (UNODC 2019). Despite the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) and its long-term welfare consequences, there is scarce rigorous evidence on interventions that aim to reduce it. Leaders in Action (LIA), the flagship program of the Peruvian Ministry of Women (MIMP), is a large-scale intervention aimed at changing social norms around IPV in rural areas. The program trains local leaders to work within their communities to prevent and reduce IPV. LIA itself is organized through the MIMP’s network of Emergency Centres for Women (CEMs), each of which identifies and trains leaders from local social organizations to administer regular IPV prevention activities in rural Peru. We conduct a randomized evaluation to assess the impact of two alternative, theory-driven approaches to delivering this program: a household-based intervention (HT) and a group-based intervention (GT). We also evaluate the benefit of targeting community-based influencers – individuals central in the village social network that could amply the diffusion of the treatment. Moreover, we integrate and evaluate an edutainment approach, a communication strategy that works through media with the aim of promoting a better context for behavior change than the delivery of information alone.

The Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group at the LSE brings together faculty and PhD students who do quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behaviour, public policy, and political economy.

The PSPE Research Seminar provides a venue for researchers (mostly from outside of the LSE) to present their work.

These seminars are held on Tuesdays in term time at 14.00-15.30, both ONLINE AND IN PERSON in room 32L 3.05, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar coordinator: Mathilde Emeriau

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For further information please contact Sadia Ali: