ISLA is currently hosting a Forced Sterilisation Strategy Consultation. The organisation locates its forced sterilisation work under the Sexual Rights Programme. One of the principles underlying our work, in this programme, is that of bodily autonomy which places importance on the inviolability of an individual’s body in the absence of consent and equally on the self-determination of a person over their own body.
Forced sterilisation is an intrusion upon one’s bodily autonomy as it deprives a woman of many rights including the right to be the arbiter or decision maker in the medical intervention. It is a violation of human rights and medical ethics and is considered to be an act of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. The consequences of forcefully ending a woman’s reproductive capacity have far-reaching consequences and may include fear of medical practitioners, isolation, family abandonment and lifelong grief.
To find out more about our Strategy Consultation on Forced Sterilisation, click through our concept note.