Understanding adolescents’ perspectives on street harassment in Kathmandu, Nepal: Mixed methods results using video vignettes

Deborah Levison, University of Minnesota
Binu Sharma, unaffiliated
Anna Bolgrien, University of Minnesota

Girls and women experience unwanted attention in public places from boys and men all over the world, but this issue is particularly acute in South Asia given strong patriarchal norms reinforced by caste, class, and socioeconomic status. While most scholarship focuses on the experiences of women, this study explores how Nepali girls – who experience harassment not only on public streets and in public transportation but also in and around their schools – understand this kind of attention from boys and men. We used the Animating Children’s Views methodology (video stories followed by questions about cartoon characters) to survey 12-17-year-old girls in peri-urban Kathmandu, Nepal, about street harassment, then followed the survey with some individual interviews and focus groups. Our interest was in the extent to which girls felt limited and silenced by harassment, and the extent to which they exhibited resistance and expressed a readiness for social change. Similarly, we were interested in the extent to which boys supported or condemned street harassment. Preliminary findings suggest that while girls are well aware of the difficulties of street harassment, respondents of both genders in our study were also optimistic about social change and gender equality.

Keywords: Gender, Children and youth, Mixed methods research, Methodology

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  Presented in Session 73. Gender-Based Sexual Violence