INTERSECTION OF HIV
AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS
BEHIND THE STATISTICS :
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.