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Change, Choice and Power: Young Women, Livelihoods and HIV Prevention

The paper focuses in particular on southern and eastern Africa, where prevalence rates of HIV AIDs are highest and where concerted efforts are being made to address young women in terms of prevention. It also looks more particularly at the role of microfinance, as this is often the only potential source of income for poor young women and adolescent...


Exploring the Role of Economic Empowerment in HIV Prevention

This paper explores how programmes such as microfinance, livelihood training and efforts to safeguard women's food security and access to property have begun to incorporate an HIV prevention focus. Despite numerous calls to 'mainstream AIDS’ in economic development, cross-sectoral responses have not been widely taken up by government or other...


Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Women, Girls and Gender Equality

This paper outlines the impacts of the global economic crisis on women, girls and gender equality in order to advocate for sustained investment in this area. To capture the full impact of the crisis on women and girls, the paper provides a summary of evidence from high-, middle- and low-income countries across the globe, with a focus on countries...


Reducing Adolescent Girls' Vulnerability to HIV Infection: Examining Microfinance and Sustainable Livelihood Approaches

This literature and program review focused on the current and future role of microfinance and sustainable livelihood strategies in reducing adolescent girls' vulnerability to HIV infection in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Part 1 of the review focuses on youth-centered programs to prevent HIV infection among vulnerable...


Gender, Poverty and Intergenerational Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS

This article looks at HIV/AIDS, poverty and gender, and focuses on young girls and old women. It starts with some basic facts about HIV/AIDS and then provides a framework for analyzing vulnerability to the infection and to its impact in relation to gender and age. It briefly outlines institutional responses and ends up with conclusion and...


Economic Security for Women Key to HIV Prevention

A new paper published by the UNAIDS-led Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) shows that when women have an income and a safe place to live, they are much better able to negotiate abstinence, fidelity, and safer sex. Economic security, the paper stresses, is a major factor in enabling women to protect themselves from HIV. Highlighting the link...