From research to social norm change: Preventing sexual exploitation of children and adolescents – 2nd LINEA Network biennial meeting 2017

Thirty members of the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA) Network and team gathered in Windsor for the second LINEA Network biennial meeting from 16th to 18th October 2017. Academics, practitioners and funders from across Africa, Latin America, South Asia, North America and Europe discussed results and insights from recent intervention-based research applying social norm change approaches to preventing sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adolescents and violence against women and girls. You can access the meeting report here, and the meeting resource page here.

Twenty talks and workshops explored:

  • LINEA activities since the 2015 meeting
  • Findings from LINEA Phase Two formative research in Uganda and Tanzania
  • Child-centred research, prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adolescents
  • Character narrative development in media for social norm change
  • Theories of change and measurement frameworks for social norm change interventions
  • Operationalising measurement of social norm change
  • Process insights from applying social norms theories in intervention design
  • Engaging men and boys to prevent sexual and gender-based violence
  • Adolescent girls’ development: Putting evidence into practice
  • Input to development of media content for the LINEA Tanzania intervention

The three-day meeting strengthened and expanded LINEA Network member sharing and collaboration as a community of practice. Participants learned from each other on strategies and methods to integrate social norms and gender theories in intervention design and evaluation for preventing sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adolescents. Participants widely described a “refreshingly candid, open and safe space” for grappling with the methodological and operational challenges. The full meeting report highlights key discussion points from each session.

“The LINEA meeting was a moment of insightful sharing around innovations for ending violence against children, particularly concerning transactional sex. The many ideas shared are important for opening a new chapter in our work with adolescent girls in the Mwanza context in Tanzania. It was really interesting to see how research findings from Brazil and from Tanzania illustrated similar situations adolescent girls face in intergenerational transactional sex with older men. We plan to incorporate insights from LINEA meeting into our current work with girls.” – Revocatus Sono, Amani Girls Home, Tanzania

“The meeting was intellectually stimulating and spurred additional opportunities. I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with such an esteemed and committed group of scholars, advocates, practitioners and even a bureaucrat or two!” – Dr Cari Jo Clark, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

by Jennifer Schulte and Lottie Howard-Merrill.

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