Gender Mainstreaming in HIV/AIDS

Taking a Multisectoral Approach

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This title is one of a new series of manuals on gender mainstreaming in critical development issues. The Commonwealth approach to gender mainstreaming is the Gender Management System (GMS) a holistic, systemwide approach to bringing a gender perspective to bear in the mainstream of all government policies, plans and programmes. Efforts to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS challenge governments and communities to develop policies and programmes that are dynamic and react to the pandemic as it evolves. This calls for strong and creative leadership, including political will at the highest level and partnerships with all sectors of society.

The manual offers a number of case studies from developing and developed countries, which illustrate how programmes that promote HIV prevention by addressing gender and the social and economic factors that increase people’s risk of infection are more likely to succeed in changing behaviour. It also contains an extensive list of online resources.

Published with the Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.




This reference Manual provides an overview of some of the major gender issues in the HIV/AIDS pandemic and offers suggestions for a multisectoral response. It is intended to enhance the capacity of Commonwealth countries in both the South and the North to develop gender-sensitive national HIV/AIDS strategies, programmes and policies. It encourages the building and fostering of community, government, clinical and academic partnerships which respect the perspectives and needs of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA).


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