Sterilization Without Informed Consent a Cause for Concern Worldwide

On 5 October 2009, experts from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America will speak on the issue of women being sterilized without their informed consent at the XIX World Congress of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in Cape Town, South Africa (Congress information here).

The coerced or forced sterilization of women in parts of the world as disparate as China, the Czech Republic and Namibia has been coming to the attention of human rights activists quite recently. Those targeted are frequently members of ethnic minorities, such as the Roma minority in Europe, or are otherwise socially vulnerable, as is the case of HIV+ women in Africa. Allegations stem from as recently as this year in Hungary and the year 2007 in the Czech Republic. The experts hope to discuss the issue with members of the ob-gyn profession with the aim of eradicating these violations of women’s right to autonomy over their reproductive lives.

The experts are:

The panel will be moderated by Prof. Peter Hornnes, President of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology  The panel is possible thanks to the kind support of the Council of Europe and the International Women’s Program of the Open Society Institute.

Article adapted from Peacework Development Fund, Inc. 209 Otey Street, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060 USA

Released in 1, October, 2009



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