Gayatri is a global health researcher with a strong understanding of quantitative and qualitative data management, collection, cleaning, and analyses. While pursuing her Master of Public Health (MPH) at The George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health, she supported an outcome evaluation with a mixed methods approach of the Girl Rising gender-sensitization program in 267 government schools in six states, reaching more than 45,000 students in India. A quasi-experimental design with a one group pre- and post-test was implemented. An innovative Gender-Equitable Scale was designed to test the effectiveness of the six-month program in altering entrenched gender attitudes, norms, and perceptions of adolescents. As the lead researcher, Gayatri analyzed a data set of more than 3,500 participants using SPSS, as well as wrote and published two articles and one report on the findings.
This study contributed to the knowledge gap on assessing gender norms of adolescents in India, validated the optimal time to address gender attitudes with adolescents, and presented the potential of a school-based intervention to alter entrenched gender beliefs and positively impact students, teachers, parents, and communities.
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