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Gender and HIV/AIDS in the construction craft workforce in Zambia in the context of the Millennium Development Goals

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posted on 24.08.2017 by Mundia Muya, Andrew Price, Francis Edum-Fotwe
The Millennium Developments Goals (MDGs) have been accepted as a framework for measuring development progress, and have elicited great interest and attracted broad support from the international community. In a nutshell, the goals have been pegged as benchmarks for freeing men, women and children from the dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty. This paper takes a snapshot view of the socio-health factors of gender equality and HIV/AIDS among construction craft workers in Zambia in the context of the espoused MDGs. It reports results of a questionnaire interview survey conducted among contractors in Zambia to determine the frequency with which they employed female craft employees; and the extent to which HIV/AIDS had affected their skilled workforce. Findings indicate that the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS have gradually crept into the ranks of the construction craft workforce, and confirmed the long-held characterisation of construction as a male dominated industry. It has been concluded that much needs to be done to promote gender equality and combat the spread of HIV/AIDS among construction craft workers in Zambia.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Botswana Journal of Technology, Univeristy of Botswana, Gaborone

Volume

15

Issue

(1)

Pages

55 - 59

Citation

MUYA, M., PRICE, A. and EDUM-FOTWE, F., 2006. Gender and HIV/AIDS in the construction craft workforce in Zambia in the context of the Millennium Development Goals. Botswana Journal of Technology, 15 (1), pp.55-59.

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University of Botswana

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2006

ISSN

1019-1593

Language

en

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