Government and non-government organizations, especially
those already involved in microfinance and woman empowerment
programs can take special advantage of discussion
questions specifically tailored to watching Nivedita
in small groups. It’s an effortless way to expand
your microfinance work into the important health domain.
Activists, register for access to our online interactive referral
network to help people you serve to rise above
their vulnerability to HIV-AIDS. Gain instant access
• The Domestic Violence Act 2005,
• Protection from Sex Trafficking,
• Referrals to clinics for investigation of STI/STD
Symptoms and treatment,
• HIV testing and
• Many other legal and health services.
• Learn more about the referral network
Why the fuss?
Women are at greater risk of contracting HIV-AIDS
than men. Because of systemic gender inequalities,
they are less able to protect themselves and their
children from HIV-AIDS. Even fifteen years ago, data
showed that married women’s single greatest HIV-AIDS
risk factor is a husband with multiple partners. The
lack of education, livelihood skills, access to information,
mobility, defense against domestic violence, and access
to legal and health services that is imposed on women
leaves them highly vulnerable to HIV-AIDS.
Women are also biologically more susceptible to HIV-AIDS.
The combined outcome can be seen in mature AIDS epidemics,
such as in Sub-Saharan Africa. There, women now make
up 57% of people living with HIV-AIDS, and women aged
15-24 are three times more likely to be infected than
their male counterparts. In India the percentage of
women living with HIV-AIDS has now risen to 39%, an
indication of the same trend. HIV-AIDS further complicates
efforts to eradicate poverty in India, and women and
children suffer the most.
More than "AIDS awareness"
There is high “AIDS awareness” in Andhra Pradesh.
However, AIDS awareness alone does not result in reduced
risk. Almost universally, high awareness of HIV-AIDS
co-exists with risk-taking behavior. Multi-partner
sex, the highest risk factor for HIV transmission
in India, is actually increasing in Andhra Pradesh.
Those who understand how HIV-AIDS is transmitted and
prevented do have somewhat higher rates of behaviour
change. However, providing knowledge on transmission
modes and preventative measures generally makes little
difference to women who want to protect themselves.
It is men who generally decide when and with whom
to have intercourse and whether or not to use condoms.
Most women lack the capacity to negotiate abstinence
or a condom with their male sex partners. Read how Nivedita
will change this.