Forced sterilisations in Kenya

by Black Captain

A report funded by the Africa Gender and Media Initiative, published in August, documented testimonies from 40 HIV-positive women in Nairobi and western Kenya.

Most of the women come from poor backgrounds. Many say they have been offered money in exchange for sterilisation.

Some claimed they were sterilised without their consent, after signatures were obtained while in labour, or that it was forced upon them as a condition for receiving free or discounted anti-retroviral drugs or milk formula. Other women said their spouse or parents gave consent on their behalf. Some said they were not informed the procedure was irreversible.