United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

UNIFEM South Asia Office

Gender and HIV/Aids

Private Spaces Public Partnerships: Changing Minds, Changing Behaviour

This publication is about UNIFEM project with Indian Railways on HIV/AIDS. It is an odyssey through a successful project and its various interventions and the interaction of diverse participants who create innovative techniques to challenge the consequences of HIV/AIDS and its gender dimensions. It is a collection of photographs and videos  about the railway community of Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh that    showcase the efforts of peer counselors who bring awareness about gender, sex, sexuality and HIV/AIDS.   

                                        

Language: English   

Year: 2006

Source: UNIFEM, Delhi

 

The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Women Care Givers in Situations of Poverty: policy Issues

The study is a joint initiative of the Institute of Public Administration and UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office with an objective to understand the impact of HIV/AIDS entering the home and on the lives and livelihoods of women care givers in situations of poverty. Focusing on the existing coping mechanisms, the study is also attentive to short and long term policy initiatives needed to reduce the burden of care.

 

Language: English

Year: 2005

Source: UNIFEM, Delhi and Institute of Public Administration, Delhi

 

The Gender Dimensions of HIV/AIDS – Challenges for South Asia

This is a publication containing extracts from a regional scan and South Asian Regional Consultation on Gender and HIV/AIDs. The scan was jointly undertaken by the UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office and UNAIDS South Asia Inter-Country Team, with the Consultation being held by them in New Delhi in May 2005, under the aegis of the UN South Asia Theme Group. The paper has been prepared by Mr. Akshay Khanna, Consultant with support from Ms. Suneeta Dhar, from UNIFEM South Asia. 

Description: The present paper attempts to analyze the inter-relationship of gender and HIV/AIDS in the South Asian context. It contains extracts from the regional rapid scan, which involved seven countries of the region, as well as voices from the Regional Consultation. The publication presents an overview of the legal and policy framework and the status of women, describing some key initiatives launched in the region on the relationship between gender and HIV/AIDS. It comes up with a set of recommendations for future action, in the long and medium term, as well as immediately. It seeks to enhance the understanding of policymakers, civil society and other stakeholders on HIV/AIDS – related gender issues in South Asia, which would enable measures aimed at correcting imbalances in social and economic spheres.  

 

Language: English

Year:  2005

Source: UNIFEM, Delhi.

 

Positive Speaking                                        

This study by PWN+ and the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) is an effort to document human rights violations of HIV positive women and highlights the causes behind women’s vulnerability to HIV.

 

Language: English

Year: 2005

Source : UNIFEM, Delhi, CFAR and PWN

 

Shaping a New Reality: A Vision Document of the Positive Women Network (PWN+), India

The publication traces this journey, capturing the processes that led to the formation of the Positive Women Network and its growth.

 

Language: English

Year: 2005

Source : UNIFEM SARO , UNICEF & UNAIDS

 

Legal Literacy Handbook for People Living with HIV/AIDS  

The Legal Literacy Handbook for PLHAs has been jointly developed by UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office and Multiple Action Research Group. It is an outcome of several legal literacy workshops conducted by MARG in collaboration with Positive Women Network wherein women shared how without the necessary basic legal literacy they were unable to defend their rights and demand justice. It focuses on fundamental human rights vis-à-vis HIV/AIDS issues, through a gender perspective. The objective is to make PLHAs aware of their rights guaranteed under the Constitution and other relevant legal statutes.

 

Languages: English, Hindi, Mizo, Urdu and Telugu

Year: 2006

Source: UNIFEM, Delhi and MARG, Delhi

 

Gender and HIV/AIDS  Electronic Library

A collection of Resources including research, publications, training tools, and multimedia advocacy materials from the UNIFEM/UNAIDS Gender and HIV/AIDS Web portal

 

Language: English

Year: 2006

Source: UNIFEM Headquarters, New York

 

Talking HIV & Gender – A Handbook on Media and Messaging

This handbook has been prepared by Women’s Feature Service (WFS) and supported by UNIFEM. It is an easy and user-friendly guide to understanding the challenges concerning HIV related gender issues in India. This reference guide also contains communication strategies and can be used for TV, radio, web journalists, films, advertising and everyone who works or is interested in this field.

 

Language: English

Year: 2005

Source: UNIFEM, Delhi and WFS, Delhi

 

Turning the Tide – Hindi and English A resource booklet addressing the Gender Dimensions of  HIV/AIDS Pandemic  using  Convention of Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

 This booklet is a useful tool for all organizations that face the challenge of working at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, gender and Human rights –including UN partners, National AIDS Councils, human rights organizations, Women’s human rights advocates and HIV/AIDS activists.

 

Hindi translation and printing by UNIFEM, SARO, Delhi office

Year: 2005

Source : UNIFEM Headquarters, New York

 

Community Based Research on Gender Dimensions of HIV/AIDS

It is a UNIFEM, New York publication on a set of community based research on “Gender Focused responses to Address the Challenges of HIV/AIDS” spanning six countries. 

 

Language: English

Year: 2002

Source : UNIFEM Headquarters, New York

 

HIV-AIDS and Women

 

A Module For Women's Self Help Group

Produced by the Centre for Advocacy and Research with support from UNIFEM, this module aims to enable positive women’s own assessment to the specific vulnerability and risk that they face. Through the documented experience of women living with HIV, an attempt is made here to enhance women’s confidence in their individual and collective ability and thereby catalyse a collective search for preventive and coping strategies to prevent and confront the HIV epidemic.

 

Languages: English, Hindi

Source: CFAR, UNIFEM

 

Media Tool for Gender Sensitive Reporting on HIV/AIDS 

This knowledge tool seeks to train and inform the media fraternity in gender sensitive reporting on HIV/AIDS, encourage HIV/AIDS activists; groups of people living with HIV/AIDS and media persons to better appreciate each other’s circumstances and challenges.

Available as a CD and publication

  

Language: English

Year: 2003

Source: UNIFEM, Delhi, Centre for Advocacy and Research New Delhi in collaboration with Positive Women Network, Chennai.

 

The Role of Panchayats in Addressing HIV/AIDS – Case of Tamil Nadu by the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi.

Prepared by the Research Team of the Institute of Social Sciences, for UNIFEM. This handbook summarizes the potential and challenges faced by the Panchyati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in the rural areas in creating a gender just society, in which HIV positive people in general and women in particular can live in dignity, without being discriminated against in terms of livelihood, access to healthcare, education and information. The handbook is a result of the proceedings of eight district-level workshops, which were conducted in Tamil Nadu to find out the ground realties regarding HIV/AIDS as well as the potential of the above institutions. To be used as a training manual for elected representatives in panchayats, this handbook discusses some basic facts regarding the disease, diet and treatment, extent of prevalence in India and Tamil Nadu, gender and HIV/AIDS.  The role of the gram sabha and panchayats in addressing HIV/AIDS is also discussed.

 

Language: English and Tamil

Year:  2004

Source: UNIFEM, Delhi.

 

Living under a Shadow – Gender and HIV/AIDS in Delhi by Swapna Mukhopadhyay, Rajib Nandi, Madhurima Nundy and Jyotsna Sivaramayya of the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), New Delhi (2001)

The basic field research for this document was carried out in various locations in Delhi between June 1999 and January 2000 for a project sponsored by UNIFEM. Focusing on the household and the community, the Study includes interviews with HIV positive persons and their family members, as well as focus group discussions with women, men, adolescent girls and boys in a slum cluster in Central Delhi. The primary purpose was to study the gendered impact of HIV/AIDS within the family and the community. The Study examines two aspects of the epidemic: first, the societal norms that influence ‘risk behaviour’ of men and the resultant increase in women’s vulnerability, and second, the gender differentiated impact of the illness within the family. The Study focuses on the consequences of the epidemic for the average Indian woman, not necessarily belonging to the ‘high risk groups’ that are generally targeted by the many national and international HIV/AIDS intervention programmes. This approach is justified in view of the significant incidence of disease prevalence in single partner married women as revealed by the several sentinel surveys carried out by the National Aids Control Organization in anti-natal clinics in different locations in India.  The research found strong gender differences in the impact of the disease. It also found that, perhaps for different sets of reasons, simple awareness about HIV/AIDS does not necessarily translate into changed behaviour for either sex.

 

Language: English

Year:  2002

Source: UNIFEM, Delhi.