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Economic Empowerment

Economic Empowerment

HIV preys on the communities that are most vulnerable, most fragmented and possess the least amount of power. Systematic poverty plays a huge factor in that vulnerability: Less money, mo' problems.

Add in gender-related oppression and a lack of economic independence, and you see why so many women are at risk. Women have to grapple with physical and sexual violence; sex trafficking; an inability to negotiate condom use; and lack of access to education, contraception and health care.

Thankfully, there are strategies to change that reality, although many are imperfect and underfunded. In countries such as South Africa, Kenya and India, money is being channeled to fund programs that help women become less reliant on men economically; take educational and skill-building classes; start businesses; and negotiate condom use with their partners.

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