Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Want to Curb AIDS? Empower Women.

Via Salon's Broadsheet, news today of a report on AIDS in Africa that finds that "greater social and economic inequality between the sexes directly correlate[s] to the HIV risk faced by African women."

What does that mean? Essentially, that when women are poor, their incidence of AIDS infection rises. And the inverse also seems to be true: greater equality means less risk for women of becoming infected with HIV.

It's not rocket science, folks: give women a chance to take care of themselves and they don't have to turn to practices like sex work to keep their families from starving. And here's the little mantra I've come up with to make the point: End Inequality, End AIDS. Genius, no?

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