HIV positive women in Namibia are being coercively sterilized at public hospitals. We need people to know that this is happening in Namibia and we need to put a stop to the practice with our voices.


The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS began documenting this practice in 2008 following a series of workshops they held with young HIV positive women. At the workshop, women started speaking about how in one case a woman went to the hospital to give birth and while being wheeled into the operation theatre, she was asked to sign a stack of papers among them a consent form for sterilization. There are cases documented from as far back as 2001 and yet no one realized this was happening until now. If you want to read more about the nature and extent of the practice and how it was documented click here.

The Legal Assistance Centre with assistance from the ICW and its partners are taking the case of three such women to court in Namibia. At least fifteen women who have been allegedly coercively sterilized have sued the Government of Namibia for a violation of their constitutional rights to dignity, be free from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, found a family and be free from discrimination. On 20 October three of those women will have their day in court.

What you can do
But that is not the end for us. We cannot stand by and stop until the practice has ended and no more HIV positive women in Namibia are sterilized illegally. We hope you will come to this website to get the latest information regarding the case and the issue and show your support by signing our petition, leaving a note of support for the women in the cases, coming to the events we have organized, and sharing this site with your friends.

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