Educate women on condom use ? Induna, Zambia Daily Mail

Date: January 1, 1970
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The article is about women who refuse to use condoms because of their misconceptions that condoms increase the risk of cervical cancer and STIs.

This article can be used to:
1. Show how media can help in dispelling myths around HIV and AIDS
2. Raise discussion about the responsibility of the media in covering HIV and AIDS.
3. Raise discussion on the gender aspects of HIV/AIDS.
4. Raise discussions about rural women and HIV/AIDS.

Trainer’s Notes:
The article is significant since it encourages the education of women, particularly rural women, on the correct usage of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The article specifically acknowledges the role of culture in women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.  The article is also important because it quotes a woman induna who supports the education of women.        

Discussion Questions:
1. What challenges do women face in protecting themselves from HIV/AIDS? The discussion should examine the role of culture and tradition and the impact it has on women’s ability to access information about sex and safer sex.
2. Are there any missing voices ? Who, and is this important.
3. Would you consider this a positive or negative example of HIV/ AIDS coverage ? Why ?

Training exercises:
1. Divide participants into two groups. One group should examine the gender dimensions of HIV/AIDS keeping rural communities  in mind, the other urban. Have the two groups present and compare.

2. Divide participants into two groups. One will interview and write commentaries on gender in rural communities, the other urban.
3. Conduct vox pops on condome use.
Links to Training Resources:  
Gender and HIV/AIDS: A Training Manual for Southern African Media and Communicators, Gender Links and the AIDS Law Project, Chapter 4  and Chapter 5

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