In total, more than 1,100 people signed the petition calling for an immediate end to the sterilisation of HIV positive women without their informed consent.
In the photo above, Rosa Namises of the End Forced Sterilisation Coalition presents the petition to a representative from the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
photo by: Henry Luyombya, a University of Toronto student currently interning at Namibia Women’s Health Network
A coalition of civil society organisations has called on Namibians to join a campaign condemning the sterilisation without informed consent, of women living with HIV.
In a briefing on Thursday morning, the organisations launched a public petition demanding that the government of Namibia, in particular the Ministry of Health and Social Services, immediately stop the sterilisation of women living with HIV, without their full and informed consent,in public health facilities in Namibia.
The organisations also launched a campaign, which includes plans to march in support of the women when court proceedings commence, scheduled for 20 October.
The full press release is here: End Forced Sterilisation Press Release 15 Oct
You can download the petition here: End Forced Sterilisation Petition
Twenty one people have already signed the petition: Petition 21 Signatures