Release of report, “Robbed of Choice: Forced and Coerced Sterilization Experiences of Women Living with HIV in Kenya

Cover of Robbed of Choice report

Robbed of Choice: Forced and Coerced Sterilization Experiences of Women living with HIV in Kenya

What:  Release of report, “Robbed of Choice: Forced and Coerced Sterilization Experiences of Women Living with HIV in Kenya”

When: Wednesday, 22 August 2012.

Where:   Serena Hotel

Time:  7.30am-10.00am

The Africa Gender and Media Initiative, Women Fighting Aids in Kenya (WOFAK), Lean on Me and Grassroots Empowerment Trust (GET) is pleased to invite you to the launch of a new report,“Robbed of Choice: Forced and Coerced Sterilization Experiences of Women Living with HIV in Kenya on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. in Nairobi.

The report will be launched by Winfred Lichuma, Chairperson, The National Gender and Equality Commission.

 

Background

For that last two years, there have been anecdotal reports on incidences on forced and coerced sterilization of women living with HIV in Kenya. Leaders of multiple community-based, women-led organizations in Nairobi, Kisumu and Kakamega have reported that numerous members of their psycho-social support groups had recently told group facilitators that they had been forced or coerced into unwanted sterilization procedures. Despite the women’s consistent reporting of forced or coerced sterilization procedures to facilitators there had been no formal inquiry to attempt to determine the prevalence of forced and coerced sterilization of women living with HIV in Kenya or to examine the circumstances under which it occurs.

Based on interviews done in October- November 2011 with forty women living with HIV, this new report documents heart rendering narratives of the women living with HIV who claimed that they were forced or coerced to accept permanent sterilization procedures( bilateral tubal ligation) in healthcare facilities in Kenya. The report documents circumstances under which involuntary sterilization happened. Further, the report makes recommendations to the government of Kenya on preventing and responding to forced sterilization.

For more information, please contact:

In Nairobi, Faith Kasiva: +254-702-111573 (mobile) or fkasiva@gem.or.ke

Download the Report :  Robbed of Choice

 

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