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HIV/AIDS, vulnerability and children: What does it mean for southern Africa's security?
Date: 4 April 2003 - 30 November -0001

Presented by the

CRIME AND JUSTICE PROGRAMME

As arguably the most dependent, and thus vulnerable members of society, HIV/AIDS threatens the health and life chances of children in families affected by the disease. By increasing the vulnerability of children, the epidemic may increase the victimisation and exploitation of children. And by reducing the resources available to children, causing trauma and alienation, and by limiting the aspirations of the youngsters affected, the epidemic may create generations of disenfranchised and potentially dysfunctional young people.

 

In Southern Africa, where about half of the population consists of children and young adults, large numbers of alienated youngsters could have profound implications for the stability and security of societies in the region. This seminar will explore these issues, and consider the likely impact of HIV/AIDS on security from the perspective of how the disease affects children.

 

Speakers:

Shirin Motala, Children Rights Centre, Durban

Professor Linda Richter, Executive Director, Child Youth and Family Development, Human Sciences Research Council

 

Date: Friday 4th of April 2003

The workshop is made possible through the generous assistance of the Ford Foundation.

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