Change Starts at Home: Intervening on social norms to prevent intimate partner violence against women in Nepal

We are pleased to announce a free webinar on Monday the 9th October at 2pm BST. The Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA), is glad to host this webinar, which will be presented by Dr. Cari Clark of the Rollins School of Public Health, and Gemma Ferguson of Equal Access.

The webinar presents an exciting opportunity to explore the innovative media and community outreach intervention Change Starts at Home. This intervention is the first of its kind in Nepal, using media (radio and SMS) and community mobilisation to prevent intimate partner violence against women and girls. LINEA is also thrilled to host these experts, who have applied social norms theory in both intervention design and evaluation. This webinar will detail:

  • preliminary study findings and discussion of their utility;
  • social norms measurement;
  • iterative, community-informed intervention design.

The presentation will be followed by participant questions and answers.


Gemma Ferguson, Technical Advisor for Equal Access, has over 14 years’ experience in radio production and communications for development. A specialist in Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC), she authors a number of SBCC manuals and recently completed the nine month BIG Change Curriculum aimed at shifting social norms related to interpersonal violence among couples in Nepal. From 2005–2008, Ms Ferguson worked from Equal Access’ field offices in Nepal, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chad and Yemen. Ms Ferguson has also worked as a Radio Producer with the BBC, and is now based in the UK.

Dr. Cari Clark trained in anthropology at the University of Kansas, and received her Master of Public Health and Doctorate of Science, specialising in global health, at Yale and Harvard, respectively. Dr. Clark’s research focusses on how exposure to child maltreatment and intimate partner violence affects health, and the design and evaluation of violence prevention strategies. Dr. Clark is currently leading a cluster randomized controlled trial of a multicomponent intervention designed to prevent violence against women and girls in Nepal in collaboration with Equal Access International and funded by the UK Department for International Development. Dr. Clark is co-leading a secondary prevention intervention to improve identification of and response to intimate partner violence in the health sector and a primary intervention to prevent sexual harassment among college students in Amman, Jordan.

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9:00am Washington DC

2:00pm London

3:00pm Geneva

3:00pm Johannesburg

4:00pm Kampala/Mwanza

6:30pm New Delhi/Bangalore


To join the webinar, you must call in AND join online to hear audio and view the slides.

  1. Register online now. You will then receive an email giving you the access code and toll-free numbers to dial.
  2. Log in to Ready Talk as a participant online, shortly before the presentation begins, so you can see the slides. Use access code 9272774.
  3. Dial in to Ready Talk on your telephone, shortly before the presentation begins, so you can hear the presenter speaking. Use access code 9272774.

If your country does not have a toll-free number, you can dial in for free through Skype using the US number 866-740-1260.

Please send any queries to by Thursday the 5th October.

The Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA) is led from the Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). To join the network, register here. To watch LINEA webinars, visit the LINEA Channel.


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