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  1. We want to learn about good love: findings from a qualitative study assessing the links between comprehensive sexuality education and violence against women and girls

    Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) – including learning about relationships, gender and gender-based violence (GBV), sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) – can empower young people to make informed, autonomous decisions regarding their current and future relationships. CSE may also influence a positive shift in social norms which underpin violence against women and girls (VAWG), such as harmful notions of masculinity, and rigid gender roles and stereotypes – both in schools and the wider community. …

  2. Women living with HIV speak out against violence: A collection of essays and reflections of women living with and affected by HIV

    Violence against women and girls is an unacceptable violation of basic human rights. It also is so widespread that ending it must be a global public health priority. An estimated one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner during her lifetime. Intimate partner violence has been shown to increase the risk of HIV infection by around 50%, and violence (and the fear of violence) deters women and girls from seeking services for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

  3. Because I am a girl: The state of the world's girls 2014. Pathways to power: Creating sustainable change for adolescent girls

    This is the eighth in the annual ‘Because I am a Girl’ report series, published by Plan, which assesses the current state of the world’s girls. While women and children are recognised in policy and planning, girls’ needs and rights are often ignored. The reports provide evidence, including the voices of girls themselves, as to why they need to be treated differently from boys and adult women. They also use information from primary research, in particular a small study set up in 2006 following 142 girls from nine countries. …

  4. Addressing the intergenerational transmission of gender-based violence: Focus on educational settings

    Gender-based violence (GBV) is increasingly recognized as a hindrance to economic and social development, in addition to violating the human rights of those experiencing it. Therefore, preventing the perpetration of GBV has ramifications beyond simply ending violence. Gender-based violence is violence perpetrated based on a person’s gender, and reflective of gender inequalities. Patriarchal social norms exist to varying degrees in almost every part of the world, often placing men and boys in dominant positions over women and girls. …

  5. They are destroying our futures: Sexual violence against girls in Zambia's schools

    This report examines the problem of sexual violence against girls in Zambian schools. In Zambia, many girls are raped, sexually abused, harassed, and assaulted by teachers and male classmates. They are also subjected to sexual harassment and attack while travelling to and from school. Such abuse is a devastating and often overlooked manifestation of the gender-based violence that occurs in numerous settings in Zambia and other countries throughout the world. …

  6. HIV and violence against women in Belize

    The overall objective of this study was to explore the potential intersections between two forms of violence against women (VAW) - partner violence and non-partner violence - among users of VAW and HIV services and to document their experiences, knowledge and perceptions on HIV and violence. The information was collected using a standardized questionnaire in each participant country in order to collect and compare data in a multi-country analysis. In Belize seventy-four (74) women were interviewed, 32 users of HIV services and 42 users of VAW services countrywide during 2007. …

  7. What's the budget? Where's the staff? Moving from policy to practice: an update on institutional responses to the intersection between violence against women and girls and HIV

    In 2007, the Women Won't Wait Campaign started to monitor policies, programming and funding priorities of key multilateral and bilateral agencies to assess their response to the twin, intersecting crises of HIV and violence against women and girls. We also asked whether these efforts were gender transformative and advanced women's human rights or whether they adopted an instrumentalist approach to gender equality. What's the budget? …

  8. Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS in Cambodia: Links, Opportunities and Potential Responses

    There is growing evidence from different countries that gender based violence can increase the risk of HIV/AIDS as well as be an outcome of HIV/AIDS. Researchers, focusing on understanding the explosion of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among women and girls, have highlighted how sexual coercion and fear of violence limit women's ability to negotiate safe sex behaviors such as condom use and reduced number of partners, access services, and/or adopt practices to prevent mother to child transmission. …

  9. Respect, Protect and Fulfill: Legislating for Women's Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS. Volume One: Sexual and Domestic Violence; Volume Two: Family and Property Issues

    Legislation can be instrumental in impeding or promoting initiatives to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The widespread legal, social, economic and political ramifications of the epidemic make it necessary to review and reform a broad range of laws. Within a context of entrenched gender discrimination, the devastating impacts of HIV/AIDS, widespread poverty and increasing competition for resources such as property and land, legislative solutions to the denial of women's rights are urgently needed. …

  10. Explorando las intersecciones entre empoderamiento, VIH y violencia contra las mujeres en América Latina y el Caribe

    Documento que describe la relación entreáviolencia contra la mujer y VIH/sida en América Latina y el Caribe. Dentro de las mujeres se describen las situaciones (sexo forzado, limitaciones para negociar sexo seguro y sexo recompensado) y grupos más vulnerables (nivel socioeconómico bajo, trabajadoras en puestos de baja remuneración, minorías étnicas, embarazadas yápoblaciones móviles). En base a estas situaciones se describen acciones para fomentar el empoderamiento de estos grupos (a nivel de políticas públicas, local y de familia) y mejorar su condición.

  11. Informe país: Uruguay

    Informe de Uruguay para el proyecto "VIH/Sida + Violencia. Dos caras de una misma realidad: Violencia contra las mujeres y VIH en el Mercosur", realizado en Argentina, Brasil, Chile y Uruguay. Describe la situación de la violencia contra la mujer y su relación con el VIH/sida en ese país. Detalla las políticas públicas y las acciones de la sociedad civil al respecto. Incluye estadísticas.

  12. Informe de país: Chile

    Informe de Chile para el proyecto "VIH/Sida + Violencia. Dos caras de una misma realidad: Violencia contra las mujeres y VIH en el Mercosur" realizado en Argentina, Brasil, Chile y Uruguay. Se detalla la situación de la violencia contra la mujer y su relación con el VIH/sida en Chile. Se describen las políticas públicas al respectoáy las acciones de la sociedad civil.

  13. Violencia contra las mujeres y VIH en el MERCOSUR: Brasil. Informe de datos secundarios

    Informe de Brasil del proyecto "VIH/Sida + Violencia. Dos caras de una misma realidad", llevado a cabo en Argentina, Brasil, Chile y Uruguay. Este documento describe la situación de la violencia contra la mujer y su relación con el VIH/sida en Brasil. Se detallan las acciones llevadas a cabo por el gobierno y las de la organizaciones de la sociedad civil. Incluye estadísticas.

  14. Género y VIH/SIDA: elementos de vulnerabilidad en mujeres jóvenes de barrios pobres de las ciudades de Lima y Trujillo

    Un documento elaborado por Jéssica Girón, pretende mostrar cómo los roles de género, las relaciones de poder, y el comportamiento sexual son son elementos que colocan a las mujeres pobres de dos ciudades del Perú en una particular situación de vulnerabilidad frente al VIH. Asimismo, se intenta mostrar cómo esta forma de inequidad de género es el resultado de un conjunto complejo de factores culturales y económicos. …

  15. The association between violence against women and HIV: evidence from a national population-based survey in Zimbabwe

    Violence against women has been associated with increased risk of HIV infection among women. In Zimbabwe, both violence against women and HIV are widespread. Although Zimbabwe has been experiencing a significant decline of adult HIV prevalence in recent years, women remain disproportionately infected and affected by the epidemic. The 2005-06 Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS) provides the first national estimate of the prevalence of violence against women and also the first population-based estimates of HIV prevalence and patterns. …

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