Men's perspectives on the impact of female-directed cash transfers on gender relations: Findings from the HPTN 068 qualitative study
HIV is an inherently gendered disease in eastern and southern Africa, not only because more women than men are infected, but also because socially constructed gender norms work to increase women's HIV-infection risk. The provision of cash transfers to young women alone in such a context adds another dimension to already existing complex social relations where patriarchal values are entrenched, gender inequality is the norm, and violence against women and girls is pervasive. It raises concerns about complicating young women's relationships with their male partners or possibly even setting them up for more violence. In our attempt to understand how cash transfers influence social relations in the context of a trial among young women in South Africa, we used qualitative data collected during the trial to explore men's perceptions of the impact of cash transfers on male-female relationships, both intimate and platonic, peer relationships.
Khoza, M. Nomhle., Delany-Moretlwe, S., Scorgie, F., Hove, J., Selin, A., Imrie, J., Twine, R., Kahn, K., Pettifor, A. & MacPhail, C. (2018). Men's perspectives on the impact of female-directed cash transfers on gender relations: Findings from the HPTN 068 qualitative study. PLoS One, 13 (11), e0207654-1-e0207654-14.