Caustic Mix of AIDS and Domestic Violence
Endangers Women in Namibia
BY LARRY TEITELBAUM
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When Nermeen Arastu went to Namibia last summer, she received
a lesson in sexual politics she will never forget.
"AIDS is used as a threat by a lot of men in their relationships
with their wives," recalls Arastu. "You'd see a lot of cases where
the woman said, ‘Oh, my husband said he'd sleep around and
bring AIDS home to me and my children. You saw millions of
cases like that and that was very disturbing."
Nermeen spent 13 weeks in Namibia, which gained its independence
from South Africa in 1990. She was there to study the
effectiveness of the country's new domestic violence law.