Women’s sexual and reproductive health rights

January 23, 2007 at 11:11 pm 1 comment

One of the free daily newspapers available is WSF GEM News supported by the Ford Foundation and the African Women and Child Feature Service, with a focus on issues around gender, human rights and social justice. It is published in English and Swahili. The following excerpts are taken from forum reports in the first issue today.

  • The refusal of reproductive rights of women is a form of genocide
  • Rosemary Okello writes that ‘the muted voices of suffering women across the world have long been silenced by painful haemorrhage, unsafe abortion, maimed because of ruptured uterus and cursed to death because of cultural practices like female genital mutilation and leaking because of the fistula problem.’

  • Ignoring women’s rights fuels the HIV/AIDS pandemic
  • ‘The delay in recognising the link between women’s rights and the spread of HIV/AIDS has led to the death of millions of women. Participants at the forum decried deliberate efforts at community and national level to silence women whenever they raise issues over the injustices they face… They cautioned governments and the donor community for failing to consider women’s issues as a priority when funding HIV/AIDS programmes. In particular the ‘abstinence’ approach doesn’t work for women. It is also wrong to roll money into treatment and sideline prevention measures.’ Sarah Muwanga

  • Children’s rights abused in trafficking
  • ‘Girls and boys as well as women are being trafficked to western countries to serve as sex slaves. There are those who are used locally in sex tourism. Kenya was recently named as one of the leading countries where child sex tourism is deeply entrenched.
    The situation gets worse in countries at war as soldiers take boys and girls into captivity to work as servants or to satisfy their sexual demands.’ Josephine Namukwaya

  • Gender and sexuality are a development issue
  • Sarah Muwanga also writes: ‘ It’s generally recognised that sexuality can bring misery through sexual violence, female genital mutilation, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS or the marginalisation of those who break the rules such as non-macho men, single women, sex workers, people with same sex sexuality and transgender people… For many poor people sexuality is a survival issue.’


    Entry filed under: General, Human rights and dignity, Women in Africa.

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    • 1. ubuntu  |  January 25, 2007 at 10:59 am

      We at UBUNTU are following the WSF in Nairobi and have created a TV over internet, where you can see some videos from the WSF, including one from a WOFAK (Women Fighting Aids in Kenya) at http://www.cs-tv.tv/tele.php?channel=wsf.


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