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SSRC.JPG Announcing The Fourth Wave : a New Online Forum on AIDS and Gender

In the third decade of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, women and particularly young women and girls have become a growing proportion of those affected and infected.
The SSRC, UNESCO and UNIFEM announce the launch of a new online forum, the "Fourth Wave": Violence, Gender, Culture & HIV in the 21st Century, to discuss the gendered structural inequalities that have a direct bearing on women's and girls' vulnerability to HIV.

A moderated online discussion will allow practitioners, policy makers and scholars to debate why the response to the epidemic is failing women. The online forum will precede the forthcoming Fourth Wave book, chapters of which are posted on the website.

Highlights :

- Introductory and summary essays by Veena Das, Didier Fassin, Mary Crewe, Philip Setel, Vinh-Kim Nguyen and Jennifer Klot

- Nicoli Nattrass on why men access antiretroviral treatment far less frequently than women in South Africa

- Lisa Ann Richey on how rock stars and other celebrities are changing the modalities of international aid for AIDS along gendered lines

- Shao Jing on blood plasma markets in China and how they have shaped the AIDS epidemic

- Charlotte Watts on how to and how not to measure sexual behaviour

- Cynthia Buckley on patterns of labour migration in the Southern Caucasus and how it affects women's vulnerability to HIV


The Social Science Research Council brings necessary knowledge to critical social issues. To learn more about us and to support our work, please visit our website.

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, promotes international co-operation among nations in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.

UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, is the women's fund at the United Nations that provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women's empowerment and gender equality.

Author(s) UNESCO - SSRC
Website 1 (URL) Click here to access the Online Forum on AIDS and Gender
Publication Date 06 Oct 2009
UNESCO 1995-2009 - ID: 46561