Engaging Traditional Leaders in the Prevention of HIV and Gender-Based Violence Toolkit

Traditional leaders and traditional structures are an influential force among a large majority of communities in Africa.Traditional leaders wield influence and command much respect within their communities. There is a strong link between traditional leadership and culture, with traditional leaders considered the custodians of culture from one generation to the next. At the same time, considerable evidence highlights the link between HIV and gender-based violence (GBV), and the role of harmful cultural practices in fuelling the spread of HIV and the proliferation of GBV.

Increasingly, a number of traditional leaders are taking a stand in addressing GBV, harmful cultural practices, and HIV at community and national levels. Traditional leaders are in a strong position to work with their communities to address the harmful cultural practices that contribute to the spread of HIV and GBV. 

This toolkit presents a carefully selected collection of resources on the role of traditional leaders and culture in preventing HIV and GBV. They are organised into the following categories:

The resources are aimed at traditional leaders, policy makers, programme managers, researchers, NGOs, CBOs and implementing partners working in the field of HIV and AIDS, sexual reproductive health, and gender-based violence.

If you have an experience to share about traditional leadership, culture and the prevention of HIV and GBV, we invite you to tell us about it through the feedback form. We also encourage you to suggest and share new resources.

About this eToolkit provides detailed information about who selected the resources, a list of publishers, and other SAfAIDS and K4Health eToolkits.

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Toolkit last updated: September 24, 2012