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African women with HIV 'coerced into sterilisation'

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Matt Williams
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African women with HIV 'coerced into sterilisation'
Posted on: June 22 2009, 07:21 pm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/22/africa-hiv-positive-women-sterilisation

reports The Guardian;

"Women in Africa are being sterilised without their consent after being told the procedure is a routine treatment for Aids, a lawsuit will claim.

"Forty HIV-positive women in Namibia have been made infertile against their will, according to the International Community of Women Living with HIV/Aids (ICW). The group is preparing to sue the Namibian government over at least 15 cases.

Campaigners also report coerced sterilisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and South Africa, where according to one report a 14-year-old girl was told she could have an abortion only on condition that she agreed to sacrifice her reproductive rights."

More from ICW in this, including a monitoring project and links to further reports;

http://www.icw.org/node/471
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john@tcell.org.uk
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Re: African women with HIV 'coerced into sterilisation'
Reply #1 on: June 23 2009, 12:05 pm

As you would imagine this made me both upset & angry. Thanks for posting this and the link has been useful for educating me as I had would not have been informed otherwise.
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Rachel Wookey
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Re: African women with HIV 'coerced into sterilisation'
Reply #2 on: June 25 2009, 08:03 pm

Good grief.  I dispair over such misogynistic, patriarchal annhilalation of womens rights.  Thanks for this information.  I will observe with great interest the progress made.
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