‘THE GOOD WIFE’: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL REREADING OF PROVERBS 31:10-31 IN THE CONTEXT OF HIV/AIDS IN ZIMBABWE

Ezra Chitando

Abstract


HIV/AIDS poses a serious existential challenge in Africa. Its effects have been
devastating, particularly for the disadvantaged members of society. Women,
children, orphans, displaced people, prisoners and others have been negatively
affected by the pandemic. Patriarchy has also compounded the vulnerability of
women. Women are unable to negotiate safer sexual practices with their partners,
especially in the marriage context. Religious and cultural factors have combined to
dangerously expose women to HIV infection in Africa. Due to the influence of
Christianity in Africa, its sacred writings have been used selectively to justify the
marginalisation of women. This study offers a re-reading of Proverbs 31: 10-31. It
interrogates the meaning of being “the good wife” in the context of HIV/AIDS in
Zimbabwe. The first section analyses the influence of African and biblical patriarchal
values and how they expose women to HIV infection. The second section
explores new models for appreciating “the good wife” in the era of HIV/AIDS. The
third section calls for greater action by women’s religious groups in HIV/AIDS
awareness, prevention and care. Phenomenological techniques like cultivating
empathy and recognising the value of religion guide the study.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/86-0-944

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