Can Youth Empowerment Programs Reduce Violence against Girls during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Selim Gulesci, Manuela Puente Beccar, Diego Ubfal
This project studies whether a youth empowerment program in Bolivia can reduce the prevalence of violence against girls during the COVID-19 lockdown. The program offers training in soft skills and technical skills, sex education, mentoring, and job-finding assistance. To measure the effects of the program, the study conducts a randomized control trial with 600 vulnerable adolescents. Violence is measured with both direct self-report questions and list experiments.
Project Outcomes of Interest
Labor market outcomes, violence
The results indicate that seven months after its completion, the program increased girls' earnings and decreased violence targeting females. This finding suggests that empowerment programs can reduce the level of violence experienced by young females during high-risk periods.
Link to Results
- Improve social-safety net responses
- Improve women’s health, safety, and economic empowerment
Project Data Collection Mode
- CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)