Women in South Africa: Intentional violence and HIV/AIDS: Intersections and prevention

Anne Outwater, Naeema Abrahams, Jacquelyn C. Campbell

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South Africa is experiencing the turbulent aftermath of apartheid and the ravages of HIV/AIDS. Levels of violence are extremely high. In South Africa, violence has become normative and, to a large extent, accepted rather than challenged. Unusual for sub-Saharan Africa, there is a strong national research institute and rigorous data-based scientific literature describing the situation. Much of the research has focused on violence against women. This article reviews the intersection of HIV/AIDS and violence in the lives of women in South Africa. The evidence for the need for positive change is solid. The potential for positive change in South Africa is also very strong. There are suggestions that an African renaissance based on the principle of ubuntu has already begun on national, community, family, and individual levels. If so, it can lead the way to a society with decreased levels of violence and decreased levels of HIV transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-154
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Black Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • South Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ubuntu
  • Violence
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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