Title page for ETD etd-06272001-140504

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Keene, Thomas
URN etd-06272001-140504
Title Stopping The Spread of AIDS among Women in Sub-Saharan Africa, What Works and What does not: A Comparative Study of Uganda and Botswana
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Borer, Douglas A. Committee Chair
Corntassel, Jeffrey J. Committee Member
Good, Charles M. Jr. Committee Member
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • Women
  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • Botswana
  • Uganda
Date of Defense 2001-06-22
Availability unrestricted
Using feminist theory and comparative analysis, this thesis will investigate why women in sub-Saharan Africa are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS than men. Among non-governmental organizations and inter-governmental organizations, HIV/AIDS has always been a gender issue because it is clear that women are more vulnerable to the disease, socially, culturally and biologically. Through two case studies -- one on Uganda where the HIV prevalence rate has dropped considerably in recent years, and one on Botswana, where the HIV prevalence rate has drastically increased in recent years – I will shed light on women’s vulnerability to HIV, how this vulnerability can be counteracted, and how these counteractive efforts are implemented by women and state governments (if they are implemented at all). It is hypothesized that the empowerment of women may stifle the spread of HIV.
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