The following is a guest post by Professor Sofia Gruskin and Sarah MacCarthy. Gruskin is director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights (PIHHR) at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Faculty Chair of the Group on Reproductive Health and Rights (GRHR). MacCarthy is a doctoral candidate working at PIHHR and coordinating the GRHR.
In early September, the case of three HIV-positive women who filed suit saying they were sterilized at public health facilities without their consent resumed in the High Court of Namibia, garnering substantial international attention. In partnership with the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, women’s groups in Namibia have been at the forefront of a global movement to document and raise awareness of the alarming levels of forced sterilization occurring among HIV-positive women around the globe.