Gender, Sexual Culture and HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean

Young women are believed to be the most vulnerable group in the spread and transmission of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

This project is premised on the awareness that unequal gender relations are central to explaining the transmission of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. Researchers will examine sexual culture in three countries (Barbados, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago), focusing on the vulnerability of women and girls in several situations, including multiple partnering and conjugal relations; coerced or transactional sex (child abuse, prostitution, etc.); and tourism and sex work. They will pay particular attention to how sexual culture impacts women's sexual agency, and the concepts of sexual rights, vulnerability and empowerment.

The findings will be used to inform gender-responsive human rights-based policy and programs for HIV/AIDS prevention.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

End Date

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


30 months

IDRC Officer

Cos-Montiel, Franscisco

Total funding

CA$ 378,100


North and Central America, South America, West Indies, Suriname


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Roberta Clarke



Institution Country


Institution Website