The sheer number of African colloquial lexicons such as Tewo Zamani—the sickness of this generation—accentuates the magnitude and unparalleled cataclysms HIV/AIDS has engendered in continental Africa. The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa has adopted the face of a woman as women account for 59% of the total HIV/AIDS infected population in Sub-Saharan Africa. This study hypothesizes that by disproportionately affecting women and the productive segment of the population, HIV/AIDS has reconstructed gender roles in Sub-Saharan Africa. By employing an Afrocentric methodology and by adopting a two-country case study analysis—Ethiopia and South Africa—this study examines if, and how, HIV/AIDS has redefined gender roles in Sub-Saharan African countries. The study surmises that the sociocultural, economic and political disempowerment of African women has exasperated their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS infection. Moreover, it asserts that the disparate HIV infection rate among African women has made women the bearer of a triple burden.


N’Diaye, Boubacar


Africana Studies


African History | African Languages and Societies | Women's Health | Women's Studies


HIV/AIDS, Africa, women, gender roles

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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