Social norms and sexual exploitation of children workshop

Bridging the gap between theory and practice

The Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA) is a new network, hosted by the Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) within the SaME group. LINEA organised this two-day workshop on social norms theory in Rio de Janeiro on 21 and 22 January 2015.

The gathering was facilitated by Dr Ana Maria Buller of the LINEA network and Javier Guillot, founding member of OndaPolitica. Dr Tatiana Moura, Executive Director of Promundo, a key partner in the LINEA network, hosted the workshop. Participants attended from Promundo, Childhood, ONG Gerando Vida, Fundacao Getulio Vargas and others.

LINEA and Promundo organised the workshop in order to address the following questions:

  • What are social norms?
  • What evidence do we have about their relevance for human behaviour?
  • Can theory help us to adopt a ‘social norms perspective’ in the design and programme implementation?

Dr Buller introduced the work of the LINEA network: to investigate norms and structural factors driving vulnerability to child sexual exploitation in low and middle income countries. In his presentation, Guillot clarified the basic concepts of social norms theory, as developed by Cristina Bicchieri, a leading social norms researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Group activities applied the concepts to the Brazilian context.

The workshop was conducted in Portuguese and Spanish.


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The LINEA network is made up of partners who address the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and investigate the social norms and structural factors driving vulnerability. To join the LINEA network and receive information, including announcements of bi-monthly webinars, sign up here. For more information about LINEA, email Rebecca Meiksin at


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