”They want to do sex rather than talk about it” - a study on hiv/aids communication problems in Uganda
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This is a study about hiv/aids communication between low- and non-educated women andhiv/aids organisations in Uganda. The purpose of the thesis is to define potential disturbance inthe communication using three organisations and 9 women as examples. The research is made with qualitative methods and most of the data is collected through field studies and group interviews.
The result of the study is that there are a lot of disturbance causing problems in the communication between the women and the organisations. Most of the disturbances can be connected to the women’s limited access to media exposure. It is also a problem that the interviewed women are more or less isolated in their villages, which mean they are directly excluded from all the information activities placed on billboards, posters, fairs, and events thattake place in the city centre or elsewhere. Even though there are a lot of community based information activities arranged by the organisations, these women will not be reached since most of the activities take place in schools where they don’t have access.The poor level of education results in two problems, first, the women cannot read and will therefore not access any print material and second, their English skills are not good enough to understand the meaning of the majority of the information material.It is pointed out that all disturbances are not communication problems. One of them is the gender inequality in Uganda. The gender roles and structures are too unequal and dominating that even if the women, despite all disturbances, receive information it is often impossible for her to implement the knowledge without consensus from her man.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 32 p.
HIV/AIDS, Uganda, disturbance, communication problems, health communication
Media and Communications
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-40015DiVA: diva2:322319