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Interrogating culture, women's rights and HIV/AIDS in Namibia and Mozambique: a report synopsis

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

Reports on the two studies, conducted in Namibia and Mozambique in April and May 2006 respectively focused on examining the inter-linkages between cultural practices and beliefs, customary and general (statutory) laws, vulnerability to HIV and the impact of AIDS on women and girls. The findings from the Namibian study were expected to enrich the knowledge base on the reasons for women's the greater vulnerability to HIV. The aim of the study was to facilitate and pave the way for the design and implementation of meaningful prevention and intervention strategies crucial to slowing the increasing prevalence of the disease amongst young women, particularly those in 15-24 year old age group, where the greatest increase in HIV had been reported (UNICEF Report 2005). The Mozambican case study aimed to explore and document the dynamic relationship of factors that contribute to reversing the present trend of the epidemic which is seeing girls and women more infected and affected.