Updated Oct 06, 2020

Testing an Information and Coordination Tool to Reduce Female Genital Cutting

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With support from Development Innovation Ventures, the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi's Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies (LEAP) is conducting a randomized controlled trial to understand if long- term cultural norms can be changed by a simple, low cost approach to shifting behavior around cutting practices . Implemented in collaboration with Save the Children, the Intern...
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With support from Development Innovation Ventures, the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi's Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies (LEAP) is conducting a randomized controlled trial to understand if long- term cultural norms can be changed by a simple, low cost approach to shifting behavior around cutting practices . Implemented in collaboration with Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, and CARE International, the approach that is being tested consists of community meetings where anonymous polling and other activities show that many community members want female cutting to end and help opponents of the practice to identify allies. Rather than trying to convince people to change their minds, this low-cost and innovative approach focuses on safely revealing those whose opinions have already shifted but who have not yet changed their behavior. This research by Drs. Eliana La Ferrara and Selim Gulesci will expand the evidence base for programs that address female genital mutilation and will be widely disseminated to organizations that address the practice around the world and influence future generations.
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Stage 2: Research & Development

Focus Areas:

Gender-based Violence

Gender-based ViolenceSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Somalia

SomaliaSEE LESS

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Problem

Over 200 million women and girls have been subjected to female genital mutilation globally. Despite the known significant health risks, including organ damage, infertility and life-threatening complications during childbirth, over 3 million women and girls are still cut every year. Somalia has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation in the world with over 98 percent of girls cut, most of them before they turn 15 years old.

Milestone

Sep 2020
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$199,200
TITLETesting an Information and Coordination Tool to Reduce Female Genital Cutting
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Gender-based Violence
Implemented InSomalia
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Somalia