This paper examines how different types of cultural marginalization and subservient treatment of women have become major factors in transmission of HIV/AIDS to Nigerian women with core study being on Anambra state women of Nigeria. Research findings from this study conducted at Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra State, indicated that as a result of the long standing maleness culture and patriarchal society in Anambra state, power, and authority are disproportionately held by men Subsequently, women are subjugated and relegated by men to secondary roles in the socio-cultural and economic matrix of Anambra state. The maleness syndrome, which is the epicenter of the culture, has driven women to the corners and margins of the society leading to marginalization and discrimination. This cultural inequality leads to multiple heterosexual marriage arrangements such as polygamy, surrogate husband/wife, widowhood practices, wife inheritance, and concubines. Marginalization continues to sustain women’s low status and lack of assertiveness while sustaining limited opportunities to viable economic threshold and other enabling resources. Thus women’s ability to make decisions about themselves, including their reproductive health and those of their children are inhibited by cultural taboos. In spite of the justifications of these cultural practices, this study show that they play a convergent role in aiding the transmission of HIV/AIDS among women. These components are mostly predicated by the strong traditional and cultural imperatives in procreation and patriarchal lineage. This research paper intends to highlight this problem and also provide recommendations and alternative solutions to this problem.
"The Marginalization of Women in Anambra State of Nigeria As A Risk Factor in HIV/AIDS Transmission,"
African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies: Vol. 6:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/ajcjs/vol6/iss1/5