FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Forced Sterilization in Namibia

Catherine Pringle (Consultancy Africa Intelligence) has published a well researched article about a topic which is hard to grasp because I can't imagine it occurring in the United States...can you imagine the outcry that would erupt.  That said, this is a battle still being waged in Namibia and one which FUUO will be monitoring (I added this topic as one of my google alert feed items). 

Note:  CAI sends out a great newsletter every two weeks with some excellent articles.  You can subscribe from their website.  Click on this link for their latest one hosted in my google docs:

Opening Pandora’s Box: Forced sterilisation of HIV-positive women in Namibia

The revelation of the practice of sterilising HIV-positive women in Namibia has opened a literal Pandora’s Box of healthcare, legal and social implications. Though this nefarious practice came to light in 2007, it is only now through the work of individuals and advocacy groups that justice is finally being served in what will undoubtedly prove a landmark case, both nationally and internationally.
The sterilisation of HIV-positive women in Namibia is occurring in a global context in which women, and particularly HIV-positive women in Africa, are especially vulnerable to violations of their sexual and reproductive rights. Along with sterilisation, they also face related violations including the refusal to provide healthcare services, hostile attitudes towards HIV-positive women who want to have children, stigmatising at hospitals by hospital staff and breaches of confidentiality.(2)
This discussion paper firstly discusses the practice of forced sterilisation of HIV-positive women in Namibia and then addresses the implications of this practice from a healthcare, legal and social perspective.
Read more at the website...

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