Feminism, power and sex work in the context of HIV/AIDS: Consequences for women's health

Article in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Vol 34, p225 - 258.

This article assesses feminists’ conflicting legal, policy, and regulatory proposals to address sex workers’ vulnerability to contracting HIV. This article employs a Governance Feminism (“GF”) analysis that allows us to assess feminists as powerful actors in the institutions that govern HIV. This article focuses on two cases in which particular legal and policy proposals can be traced directly to feminist engagement and disagreement: The drafting of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS Guidance Note on Sex Work and the creation and implementation of the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath.

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Aziza Ahmed