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Strengthening Community Platforms to Address Gender Norms

By Lauren Alexanderson | 29 Feb, 2016

In 2014, there were 25.8 million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, more than half of them women. Several studies have reported that girls’ and women’s risk of HIV infection is associated with gender inequality and violence. Harmful gender norms can lead to risky behaviors, violence, substance abuse, pursuit of multiple sexual partners, and domination of women. These norms affect not only men and women but also families and communities.

As a launchpoint for discussion, I wanted to share this technical brief , which describes the elements of programmatic approaches to strengthen community platforms to address gender equality and harmful gender norms. It draws examples from successful community platforms for addressing GBV and more specifically, from the SASA! program in Uganda designed by Raising Voices.

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Junior Bazile Moderator Replied at 10:04 AM, 1 Mar 2016

Thank you Lauren for sharing this technical brief. HIV and Gender based violence are real problems that need everyone's involvement for them to be solved.



Greetings and a lot of thanks to you Lauren for this wonderful article
It took me through health determinants course and research models. It has
been a real informative tool to me.
Keep open and do not stop sharing such academic material

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