Final Evaluation: Partnering for Change (India)
Grantee: Sahayog Society for Participatory Rural Development
Grant Period: 1 March 2017 to 29 February 2020
Grant Amount: USD 499,637
Sahoyog Society for Participatory Rural Development implemented “Partnering for Change” in India between March 2017 and February 2020. The initiative aimed to enlist men to help change gender relations and gender-biased social norms in order to improve gender equality and prevent violence against women. Men and women were expected to work together to create safe spaces and increase women’s knowledge of their rights within their households.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- During the project, the incidence of child marriage fell by 50% in the Jeevika operation area in 24 paraganas (districts).
- Men became role models for other members of their group, which created a ripple effect that reduced physical violence within the household from 71.1% to 46.5% by the end of the project.
- The proportion of married men considered “traditional” fell from 75% to 6.8% during the project.