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Inter-linkages between culture, gender-based violence, HIV and AIDS and womens rights: Training manual

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This training manual explores the theory that culture is central to the forces that trigger gender-based violence, leading to the violation of women's rights and subsequently to the spread of HIV. Since culturally, women are viewed as 'objects', Southern Africa has witnessed an increase in gender-based violence (GBV), and the violation of women's rights which have resulted in growing cases of HIV infection. Of concern, however, is that many people are ignorant of the link between these problems and culture.This training manual seeks to make development agents aware that there is not much hat can be achieved in the response to HIV and AIDS if society does not deal with the root cause of the problem.