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Title:Stigmatization and discrimination of HIV/AIDS women in Kenya: a violation of human rights and its theological implications
Author:Mwaura, Philomena Njeri
Year:2008
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Volume:37
Issue:1
Pages:35-51
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:AIDS
women's rights
gender inequality
Church
stereotypes
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254308X251322
Abstract:Despite spirited efforts by the African governments, the Church, faith-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, individuals and communities, available statistics confirm that the AIDs epidemic continues to advance. This has been exacerbated by grinding poverty, patriarchal gender power relations that render women powerless, damaging practices supported by both traditional and modern cultures, ineffective health care systems, stigma and discrimination. Women and girl children suffer relatively more than men. Their human rights have been violated inside and outside the Church. There is therefore a need to prioritize women's human rights in order for States and individuals to implement successful public health strategies, behaviour change and the restoration and maintenance of human dignity. The Church should consistently condemn stigmatization and discrimination. It should revise its education in this area and develop an ecclesiology that would effectively respond to the HIV/Aids epidemic in a just, loving and gender-inclusive manner. Note, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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