“Problematizing a ‘Norm ’”: A Religio-Cultural Gender Analysis of Child Marriage in the Context of HIV and AIDS


  
Abstract

Several studies have been carried out on the influence of the church on traditional marriage practices such as child marriage. However, few have been able to address the problem of child marriage and its relation to HIV and AIDS from a religio-cultural gendered and ethical perspective. This oversight has to an extent affected the way in which the church has responded to the issue of child marriage. Thus the aim of this article is to bring into dialogue the relationship between child marriage and HIV and AIDS from a religio-cultural gendered and ethical perspective. Qualitative data collected from a study conducted in Zambia from the two towns of the Copperbelt province in the United Church of Zambia was used to arrive at the findings. The phrase ‘problematising a “norm”’ as used in the title of this article is to highlight that while the practice is regarded as a “norm” in many parts of Zambia, careful and close analysis of the practice shows up the dangers of this practice in a context of HIV.

Source
www.jgra.co.za/module/content/view/114/
Author

Lilian Cheelo Siwila

Country

GLOBAL

Contact Details

Head of Department, Systematic Theology, Sethi Mokitimi Methodist Seminary

Year Of Publication

2011