Make It Stop – (Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative)

Team PSI Caribbean at the 2016 International Women’s Day March

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Gender-Based Violence Prevention initial pilot projects are being implemented in India, Uganda and Trinidad and Tobago. In Trinidad and Tobago the pilot project is a gender based violence prevention (GBV) program that was initiated in early 2014. PSI-Caribbean has developed this branded campaign to strengthen this work and revealed Make It Stop in May 2015.

PSI-Caribbean through its Make It Stop – Gender Based Violence Prevention Project in Trinidad and Tobago, is seeking to contribute to the reduction of the prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and to ensure the health and safety of women and girls experiencing IPV. PSI-C will be implementing the project in collaboration with local partners. To address IPV in real and concrete ways the project will seek to:

  •  Increase access to quality, comprehensive gender based violence (GBV) services and support for women and girls experiencing violence.
  •  Transform negative gender norms among youth and their families.
  •  Cultivate community-based approaches to preventing GBV.
  •  Support the creation of an enabling environment for the uptake of GBV services.
  •  Increase public awareness and advocacy for a concerted national response to GBV.

 

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Our Approach

Gender inequality and negative gender norms are the root causes of GBV. Eliminating GBV means transforming attitudes and engaging influencers. In Trinidad and Tobago, PSI-C will work with local partners, community members and policy makers on a comprehensive response to effect change at individual, family, community, institutional and societal levels supported by reliable research and monitoring and evaluation processes guide all programmatic initiatives undertaken by PSI-C.

To successfully address violence against women and girls and within intimate partner relationships, PSI-Caribbean believed that it was crucial to develop an intervention that empowers boys and young men as well as girls and young women to challenge negative gender norms that lie at the root cause of GBV.

Thus, the Youth Empowerment Program (Y.E.P.) was born.

The Y.E.P. is a 12-session interactive program which is designed for youth, ages 15-24, and which can be implemented in any setting where youth can gather for the full program cycle.

The modules of the Y.E.P. cover :

1.Gender and Gender Norms

2.Values and defining positive self

3.Communication and communicating emotions and boundaries

4.Sex, Sexuality, Sexual Health and relationships

5.Understanding gender-based violence and intimate partner violence

6.Power in Preventing GBV

Measuring and documenting the successes and lessons learned from our interventions is fundamental.

The primary measurement tool for the Y.E.P. involves a pre-test and two-phased post-test questionnaire that is completed by the participants. The questionnaire collects Unique Identification Codes (UICs), which allows for the impact of the program to be measured both overall, as well as at an individual level, while maintaining the confidentiality of the participants

 

PSI Caribbean's Make It Stop, Youth Empowerment Program ( YEP ) Graduation with trainees from the YTEPP Maloney Vocational Centre                                                                                Photos by : ©NH PRODUCTIONS TT

PSI Caribbean’s Make It Stop, Youth Empowerment Program ( YEP ) Graduation with trainees from the YTEPP Maloney Vocational Centre Photos by : ©NH PRODUCTIONS TT

PSI Caribbean's Make It Stop, Youth Empowerment Program ( YEP ) Graduation with trainees from the YTEPP Maloney Vocational Centre                                                                                Photos by : ©NH PRODUCTIONS TT

PSI Caribbean’s Make It Stop, Youth Empowerment Program ( YEP ) Graduation with trainees from the YTEPP Maloney Vocational Centre Photos by : ©NH PRODUCTIONS TT

If you’re interested in learning more about our Y.E.P. Program and work in Gender-Based Violence in general, please contact Sharon Mottley, Program Coordinator, at smottley@psicarib.org or 868-623-2497.

 

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