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Mainstreaming HIV, AIDS and gender into culture: a community education handbook part 2.

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Pretoria, SAfAIDS,2009
Changing The River's Flow Series

This Part 2 handbook looks specifically at how culture, gender and HIV are connected. If we don't make these connections for ourselves we may continue to deal with each separately and wonder why nothing ever changes! Studies undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa make it clear that certain cultural practices, together with the low status and economic power of women increase women and girl's vulnerability to HIV. This is the first connection we must make. This is why women are placed at the centre of culture, gender and HIV.