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Title:Gender inequality dynamics in the prevention of a heterosexual HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Wathuta, Jane
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research (ISSN 1727-9445)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
gender inequality
External link:https://doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2016.1150310
Abstract:This paper critiques the approach to the elimination of gender inequality as an HIV prevention strategy in the just ended era of the Millennium Development Goals, with the aim of contributing to the formulation of policy guidelines for sub-Saharan Africa in the Sustainable Development Goals. The aim is to underscore the mutual responsibility of women and men in achieving a sustainable HIV response and ending the epidemic. While taking into account the real vulnerability of women, prevention programmes can reflect gender dynamics more accurately so that attention is given to the role of both sexes in propagating - or stemming - a predominantly heterosexual HIV epidemic. More emphasis could be given to the harm caused to both men and women by certain norms related to masculinity and sexuality, and the subsequent need for combined efforts in reducing intimate partner violence and concurrency. The empowerment and engagement of both women and men as agents of change would need to be dealt with more creatively. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]