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Shifting norms and values to prevent violence against children

What are some of the lessons, challenges and opportunities for effective social norms change?

Strengthening norms and values that support positive, gender-equitable relationships and non-violent problem solving is one of the strategies in INSPIRE: 7 Strategies to Prevent Violence Against Children. Shifting deeply entrenched beliefs about the role of men, women and children is often challenging. However, evidence shows that it is an effective way to keep children safe.

This webinar showcases global approaches to strengthening norms, focusing on the lessons learned, challenges, adaptations and key ingredients of successful interventions.

This event is jointly hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the INSPIRE Working Group and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).

Moderator: Jody van der Heyde, INSPIRE Working Group Global Coordinator, ISS


  • Alessandra Guedes, Gender and Development Manager, UNICEF Innocenti – Global Office of Researcher and Foresight
  • Christine Kolbe-Stuart, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF
  • Deborah Tayo Akakpo, Programme Manager, Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Center, Ghana
  • Dr Arturo Harker Roa, Associate Professor, School of Government and Director, IMAGINA research center, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Development partners
This seminar is funded by USAID. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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