oa SAHARA : Journal of Social Aspects of HIV / AIDS Research Alliance - Alcohol abuse, gender-based violence and HIV / AIDS in Botswana : establishing the link based on empirical evidence
|Article Title||Alcohol abuse, gender-based violence and HIV / AIDS in Botswana : establishing the link based on empirical evidence|
|© Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Journal||SAHARA : Journal of Social Aspects of HIV / AIDS Research Alliance|
|Author||O.D. Phorano, K. Nthomang and D. Ntseane|
|Publication Date||Apr 2005|
|Pages||188 - 202|
|Keyword(s)||AIDS, Alcohol abuse, Botswana, Gender-based violence, HIV, NGOs and Poverty|
The existence of gender-based violence has been a source of concern within the public and private sectors as well as civil society organisations in Botswana. The present study investigated the link between alcohol abuse, gender-based violence and HIV / AIDS. Further, it attempted to unravel the often unquestioned assumption that gender-based violence is perpetuated by cultural practices. Case study qualitative methodology was used to gather data for the study. A sample of 20 cases was selected purposively from five women's non-governmental organisations. In addition, in-depth interviews were conducted with agency coordinators, social workers, police commanders and police officers. The findings of the study revealed a relationship between alcohol abuse and gender-based violence, which makes victims vulnerable to HIV infection. From the findings, it is recommended that gender-based programmes be established to sensitise people about the link between alcohol abuse, gender-based violence and HIV / AIDS.
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