Jia Xue

Ph.D. Candidate in Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania
WAPPP Fellow

Jia Xue’s research focuses on intimate violence, dating violence in young adulthood, child abuse and gender-based violence in international and cross-cultural contexts.

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Kimberlyn Leary

Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Kimberlyn Leary's research focuses on identifying and improving multi-sector leadership initiatives for health equity. As a WAPPP faculty affiliate, she aims to develop a portfolio of teaching and scholarly products relevant to improving life outcomes for women and girls, particularly those in marginalized communities.

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Gerritzen, Berit C.Intra-Household Bargaining Power and HIV Prevention: Empirical Evidence from Married Couples in Rural Malawi”. 2014. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This paper studies the dynamics between intra-household bargaining power and HIV prevention from a systemic perspective, using a panel data set of 500 married couples in rural Malawi from 2004-2008. All information has been matched at the couple level, which allows to directly assess the effect of a relative increase in bargaining power, as measured by economic, social and relationship variables, on both spouses' attitudes towards HIV prevention, while controlling for HIV status. I employ a fixed effects linear probability model with national and region-specific time trends in order to capture both unobserved heterogeneity at the individual level as well as differences in HIV prevalence and intensity of HIV campaigns in the three regions that are studied. The results show that factors that are associated with a relative increase in female bargaining power, such as own earnings and attendance of women at local political meetings, are related to improved acceptance of HIV prevention.
2017 Aug 31

WAPPP Open House

11:30am to 1:00pm


WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

Please join us to learn about the Women and Public Policy Program and our work of creating and sharing knowledge that helps close gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education. We will discuss our initiatives, fellowship stipends, and other student opportunities. 

Lunch will be provided. 

RSVP not required.

Raunak Kalra

Gender Based Climate Change Budget Integration Index

Raunak Kalra worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to develop a new index that will measure the impact of climate change on the basis of gender.  The UNDP uses the Climate Change Budget Integration Index (CCBII) to measure the integration of climate change budget into a country’s public finance system. The CCBII has been received well and is now open to include indicators that measure the integration of climate budget into policies, institutions, and gender development programs.  Since climate change impacts women and children relatively more severely, Raunak developed a framework that quantifies this disproportionate effect.

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2016 Nov 17

Webinar with UN Women, “Masculinities and Violence Against Women and Girls”

4:15pm to 5:30pm


Room 105, Suite 160, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Join the Harvard Kennedy School's Gender Policy Union and UN Women for a webinar on masculinities and violence against women and girls. The topic will focus on how gender awareness training can be used to work on toxic masculinity in the context of gender-based violence.... Read more about Webinar with UN Women, “Masculinities and Violence Against Women and Girls”