Gender-Based Violence and HIV/AIDS (India)

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Principal Investigator:
Sofia Gruskin, Associate Professor of Health and Human Rights

Department of Global Health and Population/ Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights

Ford Foundation

Dates of Research:
August 1, 2004 — May 31, 2007


In recent years, there has been increasing recognition of the link between HIV and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and, more broadly, the common vulnerability aspects and effects on people’s lives. In 2004, the Program on International Health and Human Rights (PIHHR) developed a pilot project with the aim of using a human rights framework to facilitate programming, advocacy efforts and research amongst those working on issues of HIV, GBV, and sexuality. Overall, it hopes to support translation of the growing theoretical and policy discussion about the links between HIV and GBV into enhanced programming. In its initial stage, the project is collaborating with partners in China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam to bring together two organizations in each country, one working primarily on HIV and one working primarily on GBV, to collaborate and work together. Our collaborating partners in each country are: China: the AIZHIXING Institute of Health Education and the Maple Women’s Center; India: Swaasthya and Action India; Thailand: the Raks Thai Foundation and the Friends of Women Foundation; Vietnam: the Institute for Social Development Studies and the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents. For more information on this project, please visit the PIHHR web-site.