i4Y Speaker Series – Harnessing the power of social norms for promoting health and well-being in low-income countries, with Dr. Ben Cislaghi
Please join us 2/7 for Dr. Ben Cislaghi as the second speaker in the CHILD MARRIAGE & YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SPEAKER SERIES!
Talk Topic: Harnessing the power of social norms for promoting health and well-being in low-income countries
Dr Ben Cislaghi is Assistant Professor in Social Norms at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Centre for Gender, Health and Violence). He worked for various NGOs and International Organisations, including UNICEF, WHO, and ILO, and as a field researcher in West Africa with Stanford and Columbia Universities. In the period 2013-2016 he worked as the Director of Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation of the NGO Tostan, a leading NGO in the field of social norms change. His past research focused on how community-led development practices can help people renegotiate social norms and collaborate to increase health and gender equality, a topic he wrote on with Diane Gillespie and Gerry Mackie in Values Deliberation and Collective Action: Community Empowerment in Rural Senegal (2016, Palgrave Macmillan). He is interested in how community-based responses can achieve change in social norms and reduction in gender-based violence, and in the role of social norms among other factors in influencing people’s actions. His second book, Human Rights and Community-led development, was published with EUP in January 2018. At the LSHTM he is gathering a community of experts on social norms and gender-related harmful practices, advancing existing understanding of how norms change and how that change can be measured. He is collaborating with various NGOs (Oxfam, Save the Children, World Education) and he’s contributing to the Lancet special series on gender norms and health, the LINEA project on sexual exploitation, and several other international initiatives on social norms.