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Schoeffel Meleisea, Penelope
Gender and HIV in the Pacific Islands Region
UNIFEM - United Nations Development Fund for Women; SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community; UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, November 2009, 78 pp

"This work benefited from excellent specific contribution from a range of experts from the region who provided suggestions, copies of their work and other material that was otherwise inaccessible to the author. Dr. Christine Bradley, an international authority on gender-based violence issues, and on HIV and AIDS in Papua New Guinea, whose published and unpublished reports have been quoted extensively provided strong support to this work. Special thanks are also extended to Dr. Malama Meleisea, Dr. Richard Eves, Professor Niko Besnier, Dr. Lawrence Hammar, Professor Deborah Gewertz, Professor Alexandra Brewis Slade, Dr. Vicki Luker, Dr David McLaren, and Christine Stewart. Thanks also to the other experts who provided facts or suggested references; Professor Charles Langlas, Professor Mac Marshall, Dr. Michael Goldsmith, Dr. Nancy Pollock, Professor Leslie Butt, Bishop Terry Brown, Dr. Kathryn Creely, Professor Shirley Lindenbaum, Dr. Christine Salomon, Dr. Robin Hide, Elise Huffer, Eleanor Klieber and Linda Petersen."


"This study presents evidence linking the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) with gender inequality in law and in custom in Pacific Island countries and territories. The subject of HIV and Gender is sensitive and cannot be discussed without the use of explicit language and without plainly stating the facts. It suggests recommendations based on the findings in five areas (listed below), proposing policy responses and programme approaches which can and should be fundamental to fighting the spread of HIV in Pacific Island countries and territories."

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