Social norms talking points

Donors and practitioners are increasingly interested in harnessing insights from social norms theory to catalyse change around gender inequity and harmful gender related practices. However, little guidance is available to help practitioners integrate simple norms measures and change strategies within field-based programming.

To address this gap the Gender, Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has launched a learning and reflection group on social norms and gender-based violence.

The group mission is:

STOPAIDS factsheet: Adolescents and young people and HIV

An estimated 3.9 million young people (15-24) are living with HIV and the rate of new infections is increasing. STOPAIDS has launched a factsheet with good practice guidance on how we can tailor programmes to meet young people’s needs. The factsheet takes a life course approach and looks at how biological, behavioural, social and structural factors influence HIV outcomes. 

'Teasing' girls: impact on safety and drop-out in North Karnataka

 

If you are in London on 1 December, please join STRIVE and the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) for a presentation by Tara Beattie and Martine Collumbien:

“Teasing and fear of teasing: concerns about safety contributing to school drop-out among girls in Northern Karnataka, India”

The practice of street harassment or ‘teasing’ of young girls in India, usually by adolescent boys, seems innocuous and yet its impact on development is profound. 

Stigma: World AIDS Day focus

 

“HIV stigma: not retro – just wrong.” That is the theme for 2016 World AIDS Day. STRIVE takes this opportunity to profile work on this crucial driver of HIV risk. Below are some important resources to review and share.

16 Days and World AIDS Day

 

Violence against women and girls is associated in a number of ways with HIV. Fittingly, global events to spotlight both epidemics intersect at this time of year. To mark both this year’s World AIDS Day and the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women, STRIVE is disseminating the Greentree II report.

The Greentree II report synthesises evidence to date on the associations between HIV and VAWG:

HIV and Violence against Women and Girls

A systematic review of interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination from 2002 to 2013: how far have we come?

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HIV-related stigma and discrimination continue to hamper efforts to prevent new infections and engage people in HIV treatment, care and support programmes. The identification of effective interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination that can be integrated into national responses is crucial to the success of the global AIDS response.

Client-perpetrated and husband-perpetrated violence among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India: HIV/STI risk across personal and work contexts

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This study examines personal and work based violence and its relation to HIV risk factors among female sex workers in Andrha Pradesh, India.

To varying degrees women who experienced client or husband violence were:

Potential impact of pre-exposure prophylaxis for female sex workers and men who have sex with men in Bangalore, India: a mathematical modelling study

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In Bangalore, new HIV infections of female sex workers and men who have sex with men continue to occur, despite high condom use. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has high anti-HIV efficacy for men who have sex with men. PrEP demonstration projects are underway amongst Indian female sex workers. This research estimated the impact and efficiency of prioritising PrEP to female sex workers and/or men who have sex with men in Bangalore using a mathematical modelling method. 

The results show that:

Revisiting What Works: Women, Economic Empowerment and Smart Design

Expanding women’s economic opportunities benefits both women and society. Women’s choices widen and societies gain from the contribution that women’s income makes to economic growth and family wellbeing. These benefits are increasingly well-understood, but much less is known regarding the most effective interventions to empower women economically. 

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