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Changing The Rivers Flow Series: Challenging gender dynamics in a cultural context to address HIV, March 2009, SAfAIDS

SAfAIDS in partnership with Seke Rural, has implemented a pilot project in Zimbabwe in which Community Dialogues were used to address harmful cultural practices.  Positive results have been noted and documented.  From this project SAfAIDS has developed series of training materials and tools to support programmers who are interested in advancing their work with communities on addressing culture.  These materials have been packaged under the theme: Changing the river's Flow Series - A multi-purpose package. 

 

This theme was derived from our understanding that like a river, culture may seem permanent but this is a trick of our perception because culture is always changing and adjusting to different circumstances.  Moreover, just as the molecules of a river, acting together, constantly reproduce or transform the rapids, waves and whirlpools, so human beings, acting together, constantly reproduce or transform our cultural norms.  These waves, whirlpools or cultural norms may seem to be static objects, but they are really processes.  We cannot scoop out a whirlpool and forever remove it, as it will simply reform.  To stop a whirlpool we would have to, literally, "change the river's flow"

 

Click on the links below to download Changing the river's Flow Series - A multi-purpose package

 

Concept Note

 

Zimbabwean stories of "Best Practice" in mitigating the HIV crisis through a cultural and gender perspective

 

Cultural Attitudes, Perceptions and Practices on HIV Infection: A baseline towards challenging gender dynamics in a cultural context to address HIV in Seke, Zimbabwe

 

Interrogating Culture, Women's Rights and HIV and AIDS in Namibia and Mozambique: A Report Synopsis

 

Mainstreaming HIV, AIDS and Gender into Culture: A Community Education Handbook - Part 1

 

Mainstreaming HIV, AIDS and Gender into Culture: A Community Education Handbook - Part 2

 

Inter-linkages between Culture, Gender Based Violence, HIV and AIDS and Women's Rights TRAINING MANUAL

 

Booklet - Multiple Concurrent Partnerships: Know Your HIV Risk

 

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Launch of Changing the River's Flow at the 4th SA AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa

 

 SA AIDS 2009 changing the river's flow launch