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Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Karla Sarr


There has been tremendous research done regarding programs involving the empowerment of women, girls, and gender equality. Even Sustainable Development Goal number five focuses on gender equality. An analysis of the research reveals that most programs for girls and women address the inequalities and discrimination that they face, along with obstacles to girls’ access, completion, and retention in school. Increasingly, non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, and other international organizations have found that these programs are not changing the view of gender norms in society and that men and boys also need to be included in the discussion. This paper examines the effectiveness of an adolescent boys’ program at changing their attitudes and behaviors toward gender equality. The research took place at a local high school in a peri-urban setting near Kumasi in Ghana. After 10 weeks of research, the study found that the program is, in fact, starting to change their opinions on gender norms, sexual violence, and other cultural norms that discriminate against women and girls.


International and Comparative Education | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures