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INTERSECTION OF HIV AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS

BEHIND THE STATISTICS :

"Gender-related discrimination and a denial of women's economic, social and cultural rights contribute to women's vulnerability to HIV infections. Women are denied their right to free and accurate information about their bodies, and this greatly contributes to their inability to protect themselves from infection."

- Geeta Rao Gupta, president
International center for research on women

The more closely we examine the intersection of HIV and Violence Against Women and Girls the clearer it becomes that other social phenomenon such as poverty, hunger, economic and class discrimination, and disenfranchisement are instruments that add to and precipitate their violation and the transmission of infection in a particular and profound manner.

There are so many variations and manifestations of gender based violence that it boggles the mind, and stretches the imagination. The stories of pain and suffering unfold along with the stories of infection in the presence of such violence. The more stories we hear, the clearer the relationship between VAW&G and HIV becomes. The closer we examine the phenomenon and the deeper we probe into the consequences suffered by individuals and society, the clearer it becomes that the solutions lie in the power of this intersection.

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