HIV/AIDS, Gender-Based Violence Interlinked

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AmusaaMwanamwambwa, speaker of the Zambian National Assembly, recently said thatgender-based violence and HIV/AIDS are interlinked and that increased effortsshould be made to address the relationship, the Times of Zambia/AllAfrica.com reports.

Mwanamwambwa was speaking to National Assembly members to commemorate WorldAIDS Day and the 16 days of advocacy against gender violence (Times ofZambia/AllAfrica.com, 12/4). The 16 days of advocacy against gender violencewere launched Nov. 25 during the InternationalDay for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Lusaka, Zambia (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/28).

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Mwanamwambwa said that social and cultural factors leave women unable toprotect themselves from risky sexual behaviors and HIV transmission, addingthat laws against gender violence should be strengthened and that access toreproductive health should be increased in an effort to eliminate gender-basedviolence. He added that businesses should implement HIV/AIDS policies andvoluntary counseling and testing programs (Times of Zambia/AllAfrica.com,12/4).

United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDSin Africa Elizabeth Mataka at the IDEVAW launch called on women to openlydiscuss and increase awareness of how gender-based violence is contributing tothe spread of HIV among women (KaiserDaily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/28).

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