This paper seeks to explore how geographic location, political economy and gender relations impact women living along the southern Ghana-Togo border. In this population, women who are financially dependent on men are often unable to maintain safe sex practices in both premarital and marital relationships, ultimately increasing their risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Through participant observation and ethnographic interviews, this paper documents the past and present political, economic and social environment, focusing specifically on how these factors contribute to a cycle of poverty and HIV that constrains the lives of women in the border communities.



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