Only 10 miles from Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago received one of the highest numbers of Venezuelan migrants per capita, leading to heightened tensions between local and migrant populations. Against this backdrop, Venezuelan women have disproportionately become targets of harassment and xenophobia. Also, reducing sexual and xenophobic harassment has become even more urgent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democracy International introduced an innovative approach to address these concerns by adopting a localized woman-focused solution to address xenophobia and sexual harassment of Venezuelan women. Through local partnerships, Democracy International introduced a “nudge” approach to prevent gender-based harassment and to support thousands of women in public areas across Port of Spain. The program adapted and tested a set of proven, low-cost interventions that seek to create lasting behavioral changes by increasing awareness of harassment and xenophobia. It encourages bystanders to speak up against harassment in public spaces, and rewards those who have actively defended others.
The initiative anticipates reaching 6,050 women. Democracy International will determine whether the intervention is effective and reliable under COVID-19 restrictions and scalable across Trinidad and Tobago and the region through an experimental design.
Focus Areas and Impact
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Gender Equality & Women’s Economic Empowerment|
|Xenophobia, Gender-Based Violence & Violence Prevention|