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Editors: Ezekiel Kalipeni (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL) Karen Flynn ( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL) and Cynthia Pope (Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT)
Book Description:
HIV/AIDS is holding firm as one of the worst diseases in history and the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. This collection of essays shares various case studies from sub-Saharan Africa and one from the African Diaspora that demonstrate how multi-faceted women’s lives, and thus their HIV risk, are. Notwithstanding women’s marginalization, the essays in this volume maintain that women in Africa are not merely puppets of globalization, cultural norms, or biological imperatives, but rather agents in their own livelihoods. In each case we see women presented with many challenges that they must navigate in order to mitigate their HIV risk. Some of the most trying challenges are based on economic and political structures that occur at various scales, from the global to the household. While structural factors are indeed important, the authors in this volume also show that traditional norms, cultural beliefs, and gender roles are equally necessary to consider when planning HIV prevention programs. Gender disempowerment is of particular importance, as it is seen in all of these case studies. In order for the HIV epidemic to dissipate in sub-Saharan Africa, prevention programs that truly understand the local circumstances and strive for gender equality must be instituted immediately and broadly.The book is divided into three parts, each concentrating on a different aspect of women and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The first part provides case studies of the social, political, economic, cultural, and geographic dynamics that play into women’s and girls’ risk for the virus. The second part transitions into case studies of prevention, concentrating on condom use. The chapters in the final section expand on Part II by highlighting other ways of promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention across the region. In short, the papers in this volume highlight the complicated decision making processes that women in countries of sub-Saharan Africa must make when it comes to HIV risk. In many cases, women find themselves in economically dependent relationships with men whereby they must stay in sexually risky situations to be able to feed themselves and, very often, their children.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Introduction: Women and Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Africa; pp. 1-8
(Cynthia Pope, Ezekiel Kalipeni & Karen Flynn)


Chapter 2. Globalization, Sexuality, and HIV/AIDS in Africa; pp. 11-31
(Margaret A. Mbilizi and Linda Semu)

Chapter 3. Vulnerability of Women and Girls to HIV/AIDS in Rural South Sudan; pp. 33-52
(Ellen Percy Kraly, Erin Bergman and Isaac Padiet)

Chapter 4. The Cultural Context of Women’s and Girls’ Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS Infection in Thyolo and Mulanje Districts of Malawi; pp. 53-72
(Olivia M’chaju-Liwewe, Ezekiel Kalipeni and Priscilla Upasani Matinga)

Chapter 5. The Risk of HIV Among Women in Malawi: The Case of Female Domestic Workers and Their Experiences with Sexual Violence; pp. 73-88
(Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Ezekiel Kalipeni and Rachel Rodriguez)

Chapter 6. Itinerant Male, Marriage, Family and Gender Relations in Matrilineal Southern Malawi: Lessons & Challenges for HIV/AIDS Programming pp. 89-108
(Linda Semu)

Chapter 7. Socio-cultural Predictors of HIV/AIDS Related Health and Preventive Behaviors in Kisumu District, Kenya; pp. 109-131
(Veronica Ouma and Ezekiel Kalipeni)

Chapter 8. Sociocultural factors: Norms of Masculinity and Femininity in a Context of HIV/AIDS in Mozambique; pp. 133-141
(Ana Maria Loforte)


Chapter 9. Factors Affecting the Male-Female Differences in Condom Perception and Use in Rural Malawi; pp. 145-169
(Veronica Escamilla and Ezekiel Kalipeni)

Chapter 10. Why the ABC Model for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of HIV Infection Has Been Opposed by Sub-Saharan Africans for Decades; pp. 171-184
(Njeri Mbugua)

Chapter 11. Use of Cotrimozaxole Prophylaxis at First Contact with Medical Doctor at a Tertiary HIV Clinic in Harare; pp. 185-199
(Chiratidzo E. Ndhlovu, A. T. Makadzange, & S. Rusakaniko)


Chapter 12. Sexuality and the Culture of Silence in the Face of HIV/AIDS in East Africa: A Popular Culture Approac; pp. 203-218
(Mwenda Ntarangwi)

Chapter 13. HIV/AIDS Related Art and Popular Culture in South Africa: Examination of Community Murals, Billboard Campaigns and Graffiti Art; pp. 219-236
(Heather L. Schaad)

Chapter 14. Religion and the Rights of African Women in the Age of HIV/AIDS: Illustrations from Kenya; pp. 237-252
(Mary Nyangweso Wangila)

Chapter 15. We Must Do Whatever It Takes:’ Promoting and Sustaining Black Canadian Women’s Health pp. 253-270
(Karen C. Flynn)

About the Authors pp.271-278

Index pp.279-301

   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 301.pp
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-736-6
   Status: AV
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