Men’s committee aims higher, Daily News

Date: January 1, 1970
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The article concerns the establishment of Men’s Sector Committees to address issues concerning men, including why so few men are willing to undertake an HIV test and why men’s sexual behaviour has failed to change. It also addresses with other programmes on HIV and funding for them. Although the article has some flaws, it is a good illustration of an attempt to include a gender dimension and to recognize how the traditional roles of men contribute to the spread of HIV.

This article can be used to:
1. Raise discussion about the responsibility of the media in covering HIV and AIDS.
2. Raise discussion on the gender aspects of HIV/AIDS and testing.
3. Demonstrate the importance of sources and voices.

Trainer’s Notes: The article does address important gender questions around men’s attitude to sex and condom usage, but fails to provide a thorough analysis.  The article also fails to interview men, other than those providing official comment.  The article ignores the views of women and does interview them to ascertain their views.

Discussion Questions:
1. The article can be used to stimulate a debate about gender, power and sexuality. 
2. Trainees can also discuss the role of culture and tradition and their impact on gender equality. 
3. Why may men and women differ in their attitudes to testing ? What are the gender-based advantages and disadvantages?
4. What are some of the additional sources and voices that would have made this article more interesting.
Training Exercises:
1. Trainees can be asked to identify women to interview and then rewrite the article to include their views. 

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 9,

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