Full citation: FAO, “Reclaiming our Lives: HIV and AIDS, Women’s Land and Property Rights, and Livelihoods in Southern and East Africa,” FAO PAPER (HSRC Press, July 2006).
Reclaiming our Lives: HIV and AIDS, Women’s Land and Property Rights, and Livelihoods in Southern and East Africa
Abstract: Property-grabbing from widows and orphans began long before the HIV and AIDS pandemic. However, the scale of HIV infection rates, stigmatisation, and the social and economic vulnerability of widows and orphans have worsened the situation. Targets of psychological and physical harassment, dispossessed of their property and evicted form their homes, women and children are left destitute. Too often, the personal stories of both hardship and resilience in the face of adversity are lost in the statistics and dry overviews of national policies and epidemiological trends. Excluded from statistics, these women and children become invisible. This collection of narratives from