Implementing multiple gender strategies to improve HIV and AIDS interventions

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A compendium of programs in Africa

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International Center for Research on Women

Gender norms strongly influence HIV vulnerability and how women and men respond to the epidemic. There is growing recognition that using multiple approaches in HIV programs to address gender-based vulnerabilities is more effective than single strategies. These gender approaches include reducing violence against women, increasing legal protection for women, engaging men and boys, and creating income opportunities for women.

This compendium describes how 31 programs in Africa are using gender strategies to improve HIV services and reduce vulnerability to HIV infection. It provides examples of how strategies are combined, where gaps exist, lessons learned, and common experiences across programs.

The compendium was prepared by the AIDSTAR-One project. As an AIDSTAR-One partner organization, ICRW provided technical oversight on this publication. An online, interactive version of this compendium is available at AIDSTAR-One.