Can Youth Empowerment Programs Reduce Violence Against Girls During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

26 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2021

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Selim Gulesci

Bocconi University - Department of Economics

Manuela Puente Beccar

Bocconi University

Diego Ubfal

Africa Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank; IGIER; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: February 1, 2021

Abstract

This paper shows that a youth empowerment program in Bolivia reduces the prevalence of violence against girls during the COVID-19 lockdown. The program offers training in soft skills and technical skills, sexual education, mentoring and job-finding assistance. To measure the effects of the program, the study conducts a randomized control trial with 600 vulnerable adolescents. Results indicate that 7 months after its completion, the program increased girls' earnings and decreased violence targeting females. Violence is measured with both direct self-report questions and list experiments. These findings suggest that empowerment programs can reduce the level of violence experienced by young females during high-risk periods.

Suggested Citation

Gulesci, Selim and Puente Beccar, Manuela and Ubfal, Diego, Can Youth Empowerment Programs Reduce Violence Against Girls During the COVID-19 Pandemic? (February 1, 2021). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15808, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3795188

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