Gender Equality, HIV and AIDS
A Challenge for the Education Sector

Paper: 978 0 85598 586 8 / $29.95
Published: June 2009  

Publisher: Oxfam Publishing
246 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4"
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The feminization of HIV epidemics has been steadily increasing worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa, 75 per cent of young people infected are women and girls. Gender disparities in education contribute to social conditions that facilitate the spread of HIV. This book will help government policymakers and NGO practitioners improve their understanding of how schools can practice gender equality and provide HIV and AIDS education.

Researchers, NGOs, and donors contribute case studies and research from around the world. They show the extreme importance of educating girls—who are less likely than boys to attend school and therefore are more vulnerable to HIV. Also addressed are the need to educate boys against violence towards girls; teachers against sexual abuse of girls; and ministers of education about implementing, monitoring, and evaluating equal gender practices in education.

Topical and informative, this fascinating book includes examples from South Africa and South-East Asia and seeks to explain and illustrate the key arguments and debates in this area.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements; List of Contributors; Introduction—Sheila Aikman, Elaine Unterhalter, and Tania Boler; PART I: GENDER, EDUCATION AND HIV—MAPPING THE CHALLENGES 1) Essentialism, Equality, and Empowerment: Concepts of Gender and Schooling in the HIV and AIDS Epidemic—Elaine Unterhalter, Tania Boler, and Sheila Aikman; 2) Girls’ Education and Vulnerability to HIV Infections in Africa—James Hargreaves and Tania Boler; 3) Gender Inequality in Primary Education in the Context of HIV and AIDS: A Challenge for Uganda—Doris M. Kakuru; 4) Violence Against Girls: Are Schools Doing Enough to Protect Them Against HIV and AIDS?—Fiona Leach; 5) The Gendered Impact of AIDS on Orphans and Education in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa—Tania Boler; PART 2: BUILDING THE EVIDENCE BASE TO MEET THE CHALLENGES 6) The Road Less Travelled: Gender-Based Interventions in the Education-Sector Response to HIV—David Clarke; 7) ‘One Finger Cannot Kill a Louse’—Working with Schools on Gender, Sexuality and HIV in Rural Zambia—Gill Gordon; 8) Mobilising Care: Accounts of Gender Equality, Schoolling, and the HIV Epidemic in Durban, South Africa—Elaine Unterhalter, Amy North, Robert Morrell, Deevia Bhana, Debbie Epstein, and Lebo Molestane; 9) Development, Gender, HIV and AIDS, and Adult Education: Challenges in Thailand—Usa Duongsaa; 10) Engaging the Community to Promote Gender Equity Among Young Men: Experiences from ‘Yari Dosti’ in Mumbai—Sujata Khandekar, Mahendra Rokade, Vilas Sarmalkar, Ravi K. Verma, Vaishali Mahendra and Julie Pulerwitz; 11) Building Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Deliver Gendered HIV Education in Schools: The Nigerian Experience—Omokhudu Idogho; Conclusion: HIV and AIDS and Gender: The Challenges for Empowerment and Change—Sheila Aikman, Elaine Unterhalter and Tania Boler; Index.