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"Couple Power" Project in Jharkhand, India

Ranjan Kanti Panda of the Child in Need Institute in India in collaboration with the International Center for Research on Women, and Accenture for the "Couple Power" project, will evaluate their approach to motivate women between 15-24 years old to have their say in sexual and reproductive health decisions at home, thereby improving maternal and family health in India. The project will use digital technology and is designed to engage both men and women in couples and families to encourage equality within relationships. They will hold two four-day workshops for a group of 140 young couples across two districts to train them to act as role models and teachers for other couples in their communities to help change gender norms and roles. A digital application will be built to collect and analyze the data, and to track vulnerable couples.

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