Gender, HIV/AIDS, and Refugees - Reconceiving Vulnerability and Promoting Transformation: a Kenyan Case Study

Citation:

Morris, Margot. 2005. “Gender, HIV/AIDS, and Refugees - Reconceiving Vulnerability and Promoting Transformation: a Kenyan Case Study.” Dialogue 3 (1): 1-40.

Author: Margot Morris

Abstract:

This article examines the way in which UNHCR is responding to the feminisation of HIV/AIDS within refugee camps. It argues that UNHCR must transform the complex of gendered power structures that place refugee women at an increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. It finds that there are significant structures that heighten the risk of female refugees contracting the disease. Current approaches to HIV/AIDS interventions are examined through a gendered understanding of how the epidemic impacts on women and girls. It is contended that approaches that empower women and transform gendered structures are the most appropriate mechanism for addressing the feminisation of HIV/AIDS within refugee camps. Finally, this article examines a case study of two refugee camps within Kenya. It demonstrates that existing HIV/AIDS programmes within these camps are an inadequate response to the feminisation of the disease and argues that UNHCR must employ empowering and transformational strategies.

Topics: Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Refugee/IDP Camps, Gender, Women, Girls, Gendered Power Relations, Health, HIV/AIDS, Humanitarian Assistance, Context-Appropriate Response to Trauma, International Organizations Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Kenya

Year: 2005

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