Women Exercising Leadership for Cohesion & Meaningful Empowerment (WELCOME)
Through the JuntosEsMejor (“BetterTogether”) Challenge, a joint effort by USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to fund innovative solutions that support Venezuelans and host communities, Democracy International’s Women Exercising Leadership for Cohesion & Meaningful Empowerment (WELCOME) project is introducing a women-focused solution to address xenophobia and harassment toward Venezuelan women in Trinidad and Tobago.
Through local partnerships, Democracy International is testing a series of proven behavioral science-based interventions to prevent gender-based harassment and support thousands of women in public areas across Port of Spain. These interventions aim to create lasting behavioral change by increasing awareness of harassment and xenophobia, encouraging bystanders to speak up against it in public spaces, and rewarding those who have actively defended others.
Using an experimental design, Democracy International will determine whether the interventions are effective, valid, and reliable under COVID 19-era restrictions, and whether they are scalable across Trinidad and Tobago and regionally.
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