Clearing Space for Multiple Voices: HIV Vulnerability amongst South Asian Immigrant Women in Toronto

Roula Kteily-Hawa, Vijaya Chikermane

Abstract


This paper shares findings from a community-based research study conducted with South Asian women living with HIV in Toronto. Using qualitative methods, specifically in-depth interviews, participants’ experiences contribute to the creation of a more nuanced and intersectional understanding of HIV risk and support. Their narratives highlighted specific vulnerabilities growing out of structural inequities and gender-based power imbalances in their families and with their sexual and/or marital partners. The participants’ insights have important social justice and health program development implications.

Résumé

Cet article partage les conclusions d’une étude de recherche communautaire menée auprès de femmes d’Asie du sud vivant avec le VIH à Toronto. À l’aide de méthodes qualitatives, en particulier d’entretiens approfondis, les expériences des participantes contribuent à l’émergence d’une compréhension plus nuancée et intersectionnelle du risque de VIH et du soutien aux personnes atteintes du VIH. Leurs récits ont mis en évidence des vulnérabilités spécifiques découlant d’inégalités structurelles et de déséquilibres de pouvoir fondés sur le sexe dans leur famille et avec leurs partenaires sexuels ou conjugaux. Les révélations des participantes ont d’importantes répercussions en matière de justice sociale et de développement des programmes de santé.

Keywords


Community Based Research; gendered power relations; social theory of gender; HIV risk; HIV-positive South Asian immigrant women; contesting hegemonic masculinity; structural inequities; social justice

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