Evidence from several studies, including in Kenya, supports the idea that empowerment and asset-building interventions targeting multiple levels of the socio-ecological environment can improve education, health, economic and social capital, gender-equitable attitudes, and violence outcomes for girls. This brief describes efforts by researchers to test the effects of engaging boys and men alongside girl-centered programming to improve the lives of adolescent girls. In 2017, the Population Council and partners undertook formative research to understand from girls: 1) what are the most influential types of males in their lives; 2) how and what they influence; and 3) what behavior changes among males they believed would improve girls’ lives the most. Data will focus extensively on gender attitudes and experience and perpetration of sexual and gender-based violence, but also on social networks, self-efficacy, financial literacy, economic activity, mental health, decisionmaking, mobility, and sexual behavior.
NISITU (Nisikilize Tujengane): Listen to Me, Let’s Grow Together, fact sheet. Nairobi: Population Council, 2018.
NISITU: Engaging Men and Boys in Girl-Centered Programming