Body Politics: Namibian Women Suing Over Sudden Sterilizations

Imagine this. You are found to be HIV positive and go to the hospital only to leave and discover that you have been sterilized under the guise of “treatment.” For a growing number of women in the African country of Namibia, that is precisely the case. Protest marches are mounting around the globe in support of the women who have filed suit against the government for compensation.
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Seeing how that with proper treatment, babies conceived and birthed by HIV positive women have a good chance of being HIV negative, why is this happening now? Lack of HIV information to global medical communities is a good start. This entire issue brings to mind a deeper issue, the consistent “outside ownership” of the black female body. I haven’t had lunch yet so I can’t even go there. Le sigh.
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Namibia HIV Women Sue Over Sterilization
image: Mike Nonkes

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  • This is alarming news. But, unfortunately, it echoes other historic attempts of the “thinning the herd” theory. Sterilization is just the most recent development in a sordid history of eugenics as well as social and pathological cleansing. Hopefully the individual and collective countries of Africa will devise more sound and humane solutions to the AIDS/ HIV epidemic wreaking havoc across the continent.