More often than not, culture, gender-based violence (GBV) and women's rights are either seen as loosely connected to the spread of HIV or at worst, not connected at all. Limited understanding and appreciation of these important linkages results in change agents and development practitioners failing to achieve behaviour change in the response to HIV and AIDS in their communities. Research indicates a strong association between GBV, gender discriminating cultural norms and values, abuse of women's rights, and increase in HIV infection.The aim is to make this training manual an invaluable
resource and practical tool in building capacity and raising awareness within these areas.This training manual therefore provides development practitioners with key information on the linkages between culture, GBV, women's rights and the various facets of HIV and AIDS, and it also has a series of practical exercises for making the linkages more recognizable in everyday life experiences. 

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