FEMINISM, POWER, AND SEX WORK IN THE ONTEXT OF HIV/AIDS: CONSEQUENCES

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FEMINISM, POWER, AND SEX WORK IN THE ONTEXT OF HIV/AIDS: CONSEQUENCES

FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH

 

AZIZA AHMED*

 

  Globally, women constitute approximately fifty percent of all HIV infections. Women may eventually comprise the majority of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world; this is already true in Sub-Saharan Africa where women constitute sixty percent of the individuals living with HIV. The recognition that women's inequality may be a driver of women's vulner- ability to contracting HIV has led to a series of feminist legal responses in an effort to address HIV.

 

  This Article assesses feminists' conflicting legal, policy, and regulatory proposals to address sex workers' vulnerability to contracting HIV. This Article employs a Governance Feminism ("GF") analysis that allows us to assess feminists as powerful actors in the institutions that govern HIV. This Article focuses on two cases in which particular legal and policy proposals can be traced directly to feminist engagement and disagreement: the drafting of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS Guidance Note on Sex Work and the creation and implementation of the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath.


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