The Gender of the Epidemic: Social Marginality and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa

Friday, September 14, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
CHS CHS 104 Chase Auditorium
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor Caroline Maposhere, community-based ART study coordinator, Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Harare, Zimbabwe

The HIV epidemic in Southern Africa has had tragic consequences at the individual, family, community, national, and regional level. At the same time, the epidemic has opened up the possibility for conversation about social issues, various forms of violence, and the vulnerability of marginalized populations that had never before been addressed in public discourse. Foremost among these are questions of gendered cultural practices, gender identity, sexual orientation, and the intersections of poverty and gender for women and adolescent girls. These public conversations—and the development of advocacy networks around gender and HIV/AIDS—traverse political, legal, and religious spheres in Zimbabwe and across the region. Ms. Maposhere’s talk draws on her professional and personal experience as a health worker and activist living through the worst years of the epidemic in Zimbabwe. 

Caroline Maposhere is a registered nurse, nurse midwife and a public health nurse with Bachelor of Theology and Master of Science in Counseling Studies. She has extensive experience working in reproductive health including counseling young people, parents, and religious leaders on sexual diversity and sensitizing health care providers on the needs of vulnerable groups like teen mothers and LGBTQ people. Caroline works as a freelance consultant for Zimbabwean civil society organizations and has been a US Peace Corps Pre-Service Technical Trainer on HIV in more than 10 countries. She is an “Aunty” on radio, TV, and church programs for sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the maternal health advocacy group, White Ribbon Alliance Zimbabwe. 

Tea at 4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Health Studies Program in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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