Women in South Africa Intentional Violence and HIV/AIDS: Intersections and Prevention


Outwater, Anne, Naeema Abrahams, and Jacquelyn C. Campbell. 2005. “Women in South Africa Intentional Violence and HIV/AIDS: Intersections and Prevention.” Journal of Black Studies 35 (4): 135-54.

Authors: Naeema Abrahams, Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Anne Outwater


South Africa is experiencing the turbulent aftermath of apartheid and the ravages of HIV/ AIDS. Levels of violence are extremely high. In South Africa, violence has become normative and, to a large extent, accepted rather than challenged. Unusual for sub-Saharan Africa, there is a strong national research institute and rigorous data-based scientific literature describing the situation. Much of the research has focused on violence against women. This article reviews the intersection of HIV/AIDS and violence in the lives of women in South Africa. The evidence for the need for positive change is solid. The potential for positive change in South Africa is also very strong. There are suggestions that an African renaissance based on the principle of ubuntu has already begun on national, community, family, and individual levels. If so, it can lead the way to a society with decreased levels of violence and decreased levels of HIV transmission.

Keywords: South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, HIV/AIDS, violence, women, ubuntu

Topics: Gender, Women, Health, HIV/AIDS, Violence Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: South Africa

Year: 2005

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