Hannah McKeeth

Hannah McKeeth (CEMUJER): Hannah was born and brought up in Panama City, Panama. Growing up in Central America greatly influenced her understanding of society and development. From Panama, she moved to Langley, BC, Canada, where she did her undergraduate studies at Trinity Western University in History and Political Studies. Upon graduation, she became a parent and community educator through Advocates Against Family Violence in southern Idaho. It was in this job that she became aware of the complex issues surrounding domestic violence and challenges that immigrants face in the United States. Following this, Hannah spent a year defining her passion for storytelling and clarifying her vision for her future through a fellowship with the Trinity Forum Academy.

Violence Against Women and the Spread of HIV

28 Nov

Some of Cemujer’s significant academic contributions to the issue of Gender Based Violence are in the area of HIV/aids. Cemujer is involved in an ongoing training of healthcare providers about issues of Gender and Gender Based Violence. This week Cemujer’s president Doris was involved as a panelist in the V National Forum for HIV/aids El Salvador 2008 “Youth and Prevention”. The President of Cemujer spoke on the subject of the “Feminization of HIV/aids”.

The issue of the Feminization of HIV/aids is especially relevant in a country with a record of violence like El Salvador. Even though it used to be more common among men, women have greater susceptibility to infection due to social, cultural, and physiological reasons, and are being infected at a higher rate. The statistics report that almost half of adults with HIV today are women not men. The number of women and girls who are infected has been steadily increasing.

The feminization of HIV and the epidemic has been attributed in large part to violence against women. In fact, they seemed to be so closely linked together that it has been suggested that the AIDS epidemic will not be won without seriously addressing the pandemic of violence against women. Rape and sexual assault continue to be major risk factors for HIV transmission and are common expressions of violence against women.

The work of the advocates and those who are attempting to eliminate violence against women is crucial in the fight against the spread of HIV/aids.

Posted By Hannah McKeeth

Posted Nov 28th, 2008

1 Comment

  • hivvideos

    June 9, 2012


    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic
    to be really something which I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your
    next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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