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Forced sterilisation and women’s rights

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!” Martin Luther King Jr.

As I watched a programme on TV in London recently, on forced sterilisation of several black women in South Africa, the words of Frederick Douglass came to mind and filled me with a rage for justice. He had said: “The thing worse than rebellion, is the thing that causes rebellion.” Have you read about a scathing report published in February in which 48 cases of forced sterilisations have been documented by South Africa’s Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)? These forced sterilisations were conducted at 15 public hospitals in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces in South Africa.

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