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(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Growing up an orphan : vulnerability of adolescent girls to HIV in Malawi

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

MKANDAWIRE P. (1) ; LUGINAAH I. (1) ; BAXTER I (1) ;
(1) Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton Univ., Ottawa, CANADA

Abstract

This article analyses the vulnerability of adolescent girls to HIV in the township of Chibavi in Mzuzu City, Malawi, through the lens of an informal labour relation locally known as ganyu. It argues that while youth in Chibavi generally work ganyu, the particularly oversized domestic roles of encumbered orphans against a backdrop of extremely deprived material circumstances and weak kin ties propelled them into prolonged ganyu contracts and compelled them to more readily concede to sexual demands ‘imposed’ by those who offered them ganyu. This study adds to the understanding of how the spatial transformation of this enduring ad hoc labour makes it a relation that potentially shapes vulnerability to HIV in Malawi. It also wrestles with the question of why current policy debates do not reflect these realities in a country with one of worst AIDS epidemics, and in turn, makes relevant policy recommendations

Source

Article of periodic

published at : Transactions - Institute of British Geographers / ISSN 0020-2754 / CODEN IBGTAE

Editor : Institute of British Geographers, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1965)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 39, no1 [pp. 128-139]

Bibliographic references : 2 p

Language

Anglais

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 3702

Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1111/tran.12002

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