Change, Choice and Power: Young women, livelihoods and HIV prevention

If poor young women and adolescent girls have access to their own incomes, will they better be able to protect themselves against HIV infection? Will economic independence and secure livelihoods result in economic empowerment so that they have the ability and power to refuse unwanted sex, to negotiate condom use and walk away from violent relationships? Will this improve their sexual and reproductive health? This paper sets out to explore these questions.