Standing Together, Reducing Risk: The Power of Groups

For over a decade, CARE’s HIV & AIDS programming and policy advocacy has highlighted the centrality of women’s empowerment within a broad rights-based approach to confronting HIV & AIDS. Implementers and women themselves have highlighted gender, class, race and other structural drivers of power as important infl uencers in determining sexual practices of at-risk populations. With funding from the Ford Foundation and in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), CARE sought to establish a fuller and more empirically grounded narrative about the impacts of CARE’s empowerment approaches for HIV prevention for women. This study was driven by CARE’s desire to strengthen our HIV and AIDS programming, engage constructively in policy debates on HIV & AIDS, and strengthen our accountability and internal learning.