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Human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and gender equality : an impossible cocktail for faith based organisations? : position paper


Document type: policy_doc
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Abstract: Faith based organizations (FBO’s) have a unique possibility and responsibility to address one of the most important drivers of the AIDS pandemic, namely gender inequality. FBO’s provide, therefore, extensive existing community-based structures for responding to HIV. At the same time dealing with human sexuality and gender equality is a real challenge to most FBO’s. Gender inequalities drive the AIDS pandemic. Therefore, FBO’s should: take leadership in fighting the AIDS pandemic; take the issue of gender equality seriously and challenge norms of gender inequalities; promote evidence based prevention including condom use; promote basic sexual and reproductive health and rights; recognize that empowering women is essential to a holistic HIV and AIDS strategy; and recognize that involving men both as right holders and as important duty-bearers to change unequal relationships is crucial.
Corporate author(s): Interchurch organization for development (ICCO) [etc.]
Category: Policy
Keywords: health , HIV and AIDS , disease prevention and control , gender , women , religion
Language: eng
Organization: ICCO - Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation
PAGE: 4
Place: [Zeist]
Publisher: Interchurch organization for development (ICCO) [etc.]
Year: 2008
Right: © 2008 ICCO
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Title: Human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and gender equality : an impossible cocktail for faith based organisations? : position paper