From Tragedy Towards Hope

Men, Women and the AIDS Epidemic

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This book tells the real life stories of men and women who live with the HIV/AIDS virus and have triumphed over it. It describes the impact of the virus on people and communities, and the initiatives taken by UNAIDS and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). It delves into the myths and rituals that surround women, sex and sexuality, and helps readers understand the human consequences of the epidemic for those affected, their families, communities and society at large.



Ripples of Change

An active involvement with the women's movement since the early 1980s had over time created a sense of arrogance and conceit within me. As gender was a cross-cutting issue, we who considered ourselves the ‘gender experts’ assumed we knew everything about development once we had acquired the skill of mainstreaming gender concerns in the various development sectors. A rude shock jolted me as I moved into the area of HIV/AIDS.


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