Women Can Prevent HIV and Violence in Marriage! Findings from the RHANI Wives Study - Anita Raj

National efforts to prevent HIV in India have historically been directed toward men and female sex workers, with an expectation that wives would benefit from the trickle-down effect of this approach. However, women’s advocates are calling for more programming to support wives directly, with the goal of building their autonomy to protect themselves in the context of their marriage.

This webinar discusses the Raising HIV Awareness among Non-Infected Indian Wives (RHANI) intervention. This two-armed randomised controlled trial was developed to meet this gap in the field. RHANI focused on women at risk for HIV in Mumbai, a city facing disproportionate burden of the HIV epidemic. Findings suggest that RHANI wives can support women’s capacities to protect themselves from sexual risk and violence in their marital relationships.

Dr Anita Raj is a Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health, as well as the Founding Director of the Center on Gender Equity at the University of California, San Diego. Her research areas include girl child marriage, gender-based violence, son preference and the sexual, reproductive, maternal and child health of socially vulnerable women and men, as well as girls and boys, in South Asia, the United States, sub-Saharan Africa and Russia.

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