Evaluating a Secondary-School Program to Change Gender Attitudes in India Five Years Later
Adding pro-gender-equality discussion and messaging to the school curriculum is one approach to eroding restrictive gender norms. This study is a randomized evaluation of one such intervention in India, designed and delivered by the non-profit Breakthrough. The intervention, which ran from 2014 to 2016, engaged adolescent boys and girls through classroom discussions and other activities. In previous research, we found that the program succeeded in making both boys and girls more supportive of gender equality, as assessed both shortly after the program ended and again two years later (Dhar et al. 2021). We propose to re-survey the sample five years after the intervention's end to assess how the intervention influenced participants' major life choices, such as college-going, age of marriage, and female employment.