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Uganda: Politics and Aids

22 February 2006

Uganda's first lady, Janet Museveni, is running for a seat in parliament tomorrow. In the 90s Uganda was famous for it's ABC program, that's "abstinence", "be faithful", and "condoms", in the fight against HIV/Aids. Women's eNews reports on how the Musveni's have caved in to US pressure to drop the "C" from their campaigns, consistently gloss over women's lack of sexual freedom, threw a party for 70,000 virgins, and are even instigating a nationwide virgin census to promote abstinence. Meanwhile, even in some "peaceful" regions of Uganda, upto 14 per cent of women say their first sexual experience was cooerced. The US may be doing more harm than good with their moralistic aid policies, and those who follow suit out of religious conviction, likewise.

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