HIV/AIDS Risks of Migrant Zimbabwean Youth Tackled in New Book by Dr. Loveness Mabhunu
For Dr. Loveness Mabhunu, there is truth in the saying, "If you educate a woman, you develop the society." With her newest book titled "KNOWLEDGE OF HIV TRANSMISSION AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AMONG ZIMBABWEAN ADOLESCENT FEMALES IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA," she aims to empower and educate women and young girls as she explores the effects of gender issues, culture and socialization on Zimbabwean female adolescents at risk of HIV infection.
It is universally agreed that HIV/AIDS constitutes one of the most serious threats to human life today. The immigration of Zimbabwean people into America plays a major role in the socialization of Zimbabwean adolescents. These migrant adolescents are exposed to the Western culture of sexual socialization, which is different from the African culture. The social bonds and traditions that used to shape Zimbabwean young people's behavior and help them make the transition to adulthood have weakened in the face of migrating to Western countries. The main problem is the transition and loss of cultural identity that affect Zimbabwean adolescents' knowledge of HIV/AIDS transmission and sexual behavior.
An excerpt from the book:
"Programs to protect young women from sexual exploitation and HIV infection must also address men. Men are key to reducing HIV transmission and have the power to change the course of the AIDS epidemic. Focusing on women's empowerment is critical, but it has to be complemented by involving and empowering men and changing male attitudes, stereotypes, and behaviors that further the spread of HIV. If men could respect and pay attention to the problem of HIV/AIDS, it can make a real difference in the lives of women. HIV infection can be greatly reduced in large numbers. The solution lay in improving gender equality."