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Priti Patel

Articles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesMalawiRule of LawSex Worker Rights

MALAWI HIGH COURT ISSUES NARROW DECISION ON STANDING

Over 6 years after hearing arguments, the Constitutional Court in Malawi issued in February a unanimous decision in Constitutional-Court-Judgment, a challenge to section 17 of the Married Women Property Rights, which has resulted in women being dispossessed of property when getting divorced. The challenge was brought by the Women and Law…
Priti Patel
Mar 20, 2014
Articles and OpinionsCriminal JusticeFocus areasFocus countriesResourcesZambia

ZAMBIA HIGH COURT HEARS CASE ON RIGHTS OF HIV-POSITIVE PRISONERS: UPDATE FROM THE COURTROOM

On Wednesday, 11 September the Zambia High Court continued to hear arguments in Mwanza and Another v Attorney General, a case challenging poor prison conditions and the lack of adequate food provided to HIV-positive prisoners on treatment in the Lusaka Central Prison. The case was before Judge JK Kabuka and the proceedings began with…
Priti Patel
Sep 17, 2013
Articles and OpinionsFocus areasFocus countriesResourcesRule of LawSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

STEPS FORWARD IN FIGHTING CERVICAL CANCER

The fight against cervical cancer in Africa received a welcome boost when Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, the two pharmaceutical companies that make vaccines protecting individuals from specific cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) announced that they would cut the price of immunisation for millions of girls in the world’s poorest countries.…
Priti Patel
Jun 5, 2013
Health RightsNamibiaNewsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

AGENDA 75 – THE COERCED STERILISATION OF HIV-POSITIVE WOMEN IN NAMIBIA

Abstract  Forced and coerced sterilisation is synonymous with a paternalistic desire to control women’s reproductive capacity. It is a practice that has always targeted the most marginalised people in society, including mentally ill or disabled persons, racial minorities, poor women, and people living with specific illnesses. Throughout the early 20th century,…
Priti Patel
Jan 26, 2009