Gender bias as an enabler of gender violence
Our research evidence suggests that at the core of gender-based violence is gender bias, as people are socialised from a young age into believing inequality of genders. Gender bias helps facilitate different forms of gender-based violence, and it requires our attention now. We need to create awareness around this issue among young people while they are still forming their attitudes and opinions. In this way we stand a chance of preventing gender bias from becoming ingrained, and protecting future generations from the suffering caused by gender-based violence, which so many experience now as part of their everyday lives.
The None in Three model uses a mixed methods research approach:
- We conduct interviews with women survivors of domestic violence, and focus groups with men who believe in inequality of genders and have anti-female bias.
- We also conduct large surveys with up to 10,000 young people in schools and other institutions to understand their exposure and attitudes to gender-based violence.
- The outcomes from the interviews, focus groups and the large survey will inform the development of an interactive educative game for young people to play.
- A teaching resource pack will accompany the game, to ensure players have sufficient time to reflect on the issues and debate the characters’ attitudes and behaviours.
- Finally, we use further anonymous surveys to evaluate the impact on young people of the game and associated learning and give benchmarks against which any change delivered by game-play can be measured.
- We work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to understand the important work they do.
- We engage with women who are affected by gender-based violence.
- We also work closely with schools and with young people, some of whom will act as consultants helping us to develop a realistic and dynamic computer game.
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