This report details results of a program implemented by the Population Council, together with the Centre for Catalyzing Change and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (Two Steps Towards Equality). The primary objective of the program was to test whether strengthening existing village-level self-help groups (SHGs); orienting members on violence against women and girls, and supporting them in prevention activities; and helping women who experience violence had changed their gender-role attitudes and reduced the experience of marital violence. On the whole, findings show that the program was acceptable and effective in many ways. Its gender-transformative group-learning curriculum was effectively transacted and tested, its quality commended by study participants; and its effect in improving SHG members’ agency, financial literacy, and access to social support and changing their gender role attitudes was observed. Indeed, the program implemented among SHG members holds considerable promise for replication and upscaling, with perhaps some modification, and can be easily incorporated within the SHG structure at state level.
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J., K.G. Santhya, Rajib Acharya, A.J. Francis Zavier, Neelanjana Pandey, Santosh Kumar Singh, Komal Saxena, Shilpi Rampal, Sharmistha Basu, Aparajita Gogoi, and Madhu Joshi. 2017. "Empowering women and addressing marital violence through self-help groups: Evidence from rural Bihar." New Delhi: Population Council.
Reducing Violence Against Women and Girls in India