Gender Sensitive Approaches to HIV/AIDS

Gender Sensitive Approaches to HIV/AIDS

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Commonwealth Secretariat
01 Jan 2004
9781848598621 (PDF)

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HIV/AIDS is a development issue - affecting all sectors of society - economic and social development, education, public services, food security, to name a few. At the heart of this pandemic lies inequality between men and women. This training manual is a Commonwealth Secretariat initiative to mainstream gender equality into all government policies and programmes, as mandated by Commonwealth Heads of Government. It will be invaluable for managers and planners at different levels in a wide variety of organisations, helping them to identify the gender aspects of HIV/AIDS and to factor these into all policies, programmes, projects and activities.

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  • Foreword and introduction

    The Commonwealth Secretariat supports governments and civil society in their efforts to curb the HIV/AIDS pandemic - recognised as a Commonwealth emergency by Heads of Government (CHOGM Durban 2001). Sixty percent of the global number of persons affected with HIV/AIDS come from Commonwealth countries and recent statistics show that women and girls make up close to sixty per cent of those suffering from HIV/AIDS. This means education and training should be oriented to meet the needs of women and girls and that men and boys must be part of the “learning curve” of the target groups using the training tool.

  • Exploring gender issues in HIV/Aids and development

    This session explores the gender issues and relates them to HIV/AIDS in order to address the gaps and enhance efforts in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Participants will be given an opportunity to think through and identify gender issues in HIV/AIDS.

  • Assessing the gendered impacts of HIV/AIDS on the different sector initiatives

    Current policies on HIV/AIDS that target specific sectors often have limited positive impacts. The reasons for this are many - including insufficient efforts to translate these policies into effective community-based programmes. It is also essential to target other important units such as the individual, the family and community level institutions.

  • Gender sensitive responsesto the multi-sectoral approach to HIV/AIDS

    The aim of this session is to facilitate focused and systematic inclusion of a gender dimension as an integral part of the multi-sectoral approach to HIV/AIDS.

  • Developing an action plan and empowerment to implement

    The session aims at developing a framework that will assist stakeholders to prepare action plans for mainstreaming gender into HIV/AIDS. It also motivates stakeholders through an empowerment process to assume the position of change agents.

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