Women are being let down in efforts to stem HIV/AID
- By: Zosia Kmietowicz
Women in developing countries, and in sub-Saharan Africa in particular, are being let down in efforts to stem the HIV/AIDS crisis because the issues that affect them are being ignored, said a new pressure group.
The ABC prevention strategy (A for abstinence, B for be faithful, and C for use a condom), which is being promoted by some charities in Africa, is wholly inappropriate in many countries where women know little if anything about HIV and are afraid to ask their husband or boyfriend to use a condom, said members of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS.
Fear of violence and destitution stifles many HIV/AIDS education efforts in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, and Mozambique. Women found to have HIV in these places are often blamed for bringing the virus into the home and are abandoned by their families. Unequal property and inheritance rights also reduce women's security, which