Unite for a Better Life (UBL) is a gender-transformative program to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV. It is delivered by trained facilitators to groups of women, men or couples within the context of the traditional coffee ceremony in rural Ethiopia, or tea talks in the Somali refugee context. Through either 14 (rural Ethiopia) or 16 (humanitarian context) participatory, skills-building sessions, the program targets the underlying social, cultural and behavioral determinants of IPV in these contexts.
During this webinar, Dr Vandana Sharma and Samuel Gebretsadik highlight lessons and challenges of addressing social norms related to IPV through programing and research, together with preliminary evaluation findings. In a second webinar in this series, they will present the process of adapting the program to a humanitarian context, including displacement-related changes in norms. A third webinar will focus on an innovative podcast-based version of the program, co-created by Somali refugees and delivered in a humanitarian context.