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Gauteng pays after forced sterilization for HIV-positive woman
The Gauteng health department has made an out-of-court settlement agreement to pay almost half-a-million rand to an HIV-positive woman for damages for the pain and suffering she endured as a result of being coercively sterilized in a state hospital. The department confirmed on Friday that the settlement was made last month. Activists say the outcome of the nearly two year-long legal battle is a "landmark" and sets a precedent for other women who were reportedly strong-armed into the permanent contraceptive procedures because they wereHIV-positive. Read full article here.
Action to Promote the Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIV
UN Women through the support of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada has implemented a regional programme, Action to Promote the Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIV, to increase women's access to property and inheritance rights in nine sub-Saharan African countries as a means to reduce vulnerabilities to and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS. Through support to grassroots organizations, these efforts have enhanced the awareness of legislators, policymakers, local and traditional leaders, and communities on the specific vulnerabilities of women living with HIV or affected by AIDS. Interventions focused on empowering women living with HIV to report violations and pursue redress through rights-awareness and legal literacy strategies.
To learn more about their momentous results and find other resources related to women's legal empowerment in the context of HIV and AIDS. Please visit the site here.