The Namibia Women’s Health Network (NWHN) is an organization doing the work of advocating for the health and human rights of women in Namibia.
According to cnn.com,
“A study from the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS and the Namibia Women’s Health Network unearthed 40 cases in three of the country’s regions [where women were being sterilized without their knowledge because they were HIV positive].
AIDS activist Jenny Gatsi-Mallet, who helped conduct the research, said doctors working for the state have told her they were just following guidelines.
“They are saying that these guidelines came into being when AIDS first came into the country, and I think that was in 2001, and it was a directive that says any woman who tests positive for HIV should be sterilized straight away,” Gatsi-Mallet said.”
Organizations such as NWHN are necessary, in Namibia, to prevent women’s rights being abused because they are HIV positive or because of other reasons.
Before independence, Namibia was a German colony and even experienced genocide at the hands of German forces.
In July 2012, a judge decided on a ruling that said that that three HIV-positive women in Namibia were sterilized without neither their knowledge nor their consent.
The Republic of Namibia is a country in southern Africa. The country’s western border is the Atlantic Ocean. Its neighboring countries are Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east.