Uncovering Tensions and Capitalizing on Synergies in HIVAIDS and Antiviolence Programs


Dworkin, Shari L., and Megan S. Dunbar. 2010. “Uncovering Tensions and Capitalizing on Synergies in HIV/AIDS and Antiviolence Programs.” American Journal of Public Health 101 (6): 995–1003. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.191106.

Authors: Shari L. Dworkin, Megan S. Dunbar


Research frequently points to the need to empower women to effectively combat the twin epidemics of HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. Simultaneously, there has been increased attention given to working with men in gender equality efforts. The latter approach intervenes on masculinities as part of the fight against HIV/AIDS and violence. No research has considered these two lines of work side-by-side to address several important questions: What are the points of overlap, and the tensions and contradictions between these two approaches? What are the limitations and unintended consequences of each? We analyzed these two parallel research trends and made suggestions for how to capitalize on the synergies that come from bolstering each position with the strengths of the other.

Topics: Gender, Masculinity/ies, Gender-Based Violence, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Health, HIV/AIDS, Nonviolence, Violence

Year: 2010

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