Mobility, Violence and the Gendering of HIV in Papua New Guinea

Katherine Lepani

The links between gender, sexuality, and violence hold serious implications for HIV transmission and its social and economic effects. In Papua New Guinea, enduring and pervasive patterns of male sexual behaviour involving coercion, violence, and gang rape are highly conducive to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and have a critical bearing on women’s sexual autonomy and health. The realities of violence are intensified by the widespread view that women are responsible for the spread of the virus. This paper engages the theme of mobility to consider the fluid and dynamic character of gender relations and sexuality in contemporary Papua New Guinea, and to gain perspective on constructions of modern masculinity and the discursive representations of gender violence in the context of the escalating HIV epidemic.

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Submitted by Toksave
March 23, 2021
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