Upcoming seminar on ‘Harnessing Behaviour Change to End Gender Based Violence’

  • Date: 24/09/2018
  • Author: Lisa Wilson
Womens rights programme

Harnessing Behaviour Change to End Gender Based Violence

ActionAid Ireland is holding a seminar to share early experiences of applying a Behaviour Change Model to end Gender Based Violence in Ethiopia, Kenya and Nepal. The seminar will take place from 2pm-5pm on 2nd of October at Youth Work Ireland, 20 Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1.

The Behaviour Change approach forms a central part of ActionAid Ireland’s new Women’s Rights Programme, funded by Irish Aid.  ActionAid is working with the Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC), University College London, who developed and applied the model primarily in the UK health sector. ActionAid has adopted the model for its Women’s Rights Programme since 2017 to reduce gender-based violence, the first time it has been used in this context.

ActionAid is delighted to host three colleagues from Ethiopia, Kenya and Nepal who have been carrying out this pioneering approach on the ground and already seeing some positive results.


Eleni Tekalign (Women’s Rights Officer, ActionAid Ethiopia), Caroline Nkirote (Women’s Rights Officer, ActionAid Kenya), Nisha Lama Karki (Women’s Rights Officer, ActionAid Nepal).

Eleni, Caroline and Nisha are leading the implementation of the Behaviour Change model in their own country contexts.  As well as sharing information on the Women’s Rights Programme, the speakers will provide academic inputs and share experiences and examples from each country.

Dr Paul Chadwick, Centre for Behaviour Change and Associate Professor University College London. Dr Chadwick is Senior Teaching Fellow at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, as well as a Trainer and Consultant Clinical and Health Psychologist with expertise in behaviour change for adults and children, changing eating and activity behaviours, diabetes, sexual health and atypical sexual development, intervention and treatment evaluation.

Chair: Dr Susan Murphy, Coordinator, MSc in Development Practice & Director, Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI).


Who should attend:  This session is primarily for practitioners and researchers, interested in understanding how to create sustainable change. Attendees are invited to bring a question they want to work on based on a current challenge in trying to change behaviours in the development context. We welcome examples and specific questions from your own work / organisations that we can work on together.


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