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BRIDGE Cutting Edge Packs Gender and HIV & AIDS

Why, after 20 years of international responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic are infection rates still on the increase? Why are the numbers of women living with HIV increasing faster than the number of men? HIV/AIDS is not only driven by gender inequality - it makes gender inequality worse, putting women, men and children further at risk. What can be done to address a problem entrenched in this inequality, denial and stigma? International experience demonstrates that an approach which transforms gender relations is needed to effectively tackle the epidemic.

This pack explores these questions with an Overview Report covering the main issues and giving recommendations; a Supporting Resources Collection summarising key texts, case studies, practical tools and training manuals; and an In Brief with three short articles on the theme.

BRIDGE Gender and Development in Brief. Issue 11: Gender and HIV & AIDS


In Brief is a six page newsletter that aims to stimulate thinking on a priority gender theme. This edition explores gender inequality as a major dynamic when studying the relations between gender and HIV/AIDS. It is composed of an introductory article providing an overview of the issues and of two case studies.

One case study describes the work of the International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS (ICW), an international network run for and by HIV-positive women, which addresses inequality, denial and stigma starting from the everyday realities of people's lives and with the priorities of positive women.

The second case study explains the approach of the Brazilian organisation Instituto PROMUNDO which aim to work with young men to reflect on and re-evaluate their attitudes and behaviour towards women in their effort to change men’s attitudes and behaviours that constitute such a driving force behind the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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