The transformative power of giving young women cash (Quartz)
Quartz published a report on the impact of cash transfer programs, particularly their influence on reducing violence and improving health among women. The article includes an interview with IFPRI research fellow Melissa Hidrobo, who explains that women get more power in their relationships and life becomes less stressful with cash transfer programs, effectively reducing violence against women. Melissa continues, when cash transfers go away, the evidence suggests that the level of intimate partner violence ticks right back to where it was. However, when cash transfer programs are combined with a behavior change communication program, the reduction in violence remains.
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