MPhil study projects

Investigating sexual behaviours among seasonal young female migrant labourers in Windhoek, Namibia

Student: Thomas Josef

Country: Namibia

Understanding HIV/Aids risks among youth is crucial for prevention strategies. This qualitative study, conducted in Windhoek, Namibia, explored the sexual behaviour of seasonal female migrant labourers aged 18 to 24. With a higher HIV/Aids incidence noted among women aged 18 to 27, the study aimed to shed light on contributing factors.

Despite government, NGO, and private sector intervention programmes, HIV/Aids infection rates persist. Data analysis revealed gaps in participants’ life skills orientation regarding HIV/Aids. Cultural beliefs often deterred young women from making informed decisions, particularly regarding condom use, elevating their vulnerability. Inadequate health facility settings further impeded access to crucial information and support.

Employers’ reluctance to address HIV/Aids in the workplace exacerbated the issue. Additionally, sexual harassment remains underreported due to fears of stigma and retaliation from superiors and male colleagues.

This study underscored the urgent need for comprehensive prevention strategies encompassing education, community engagement and workplace policies to safeguard the health and wellbeing of young female migrant workers.