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About Aziza Ahmed

Aziza Ahmed is Associate Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. She has worked as Project Manager/Research Associate at the Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard University.  She was a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow with the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS where she helped to launch a project on the forced and coerced sterilization of HIV positive women in Namibia.

Articles by Aziza Ahmed

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Preventing HIV: the decriminalisation of sex work

A new bill, together with moves by some police departments in American cities to end the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution, has given hope to activists fighting to reduce the spread of HIV, secure human rights for sex workers, and to decriminalize sex work.

Are hospitals safe for women living with HIV?

There is no shortage of documentation regarding the struggle of women living with HIV to access basic care, support, and treatment. There is however a dearth of remedies and of justice.

Sterilisation: the fight for bodily integrity

Accessing justice has been a long process for the sterilized HIV positive women whose cases are being heard before a judge in Namibia - and longer still for the women who may never have their day in court

A focus on sex workers

The attitude that we can ' rescue' sex workers has led to provisions in anti-trafficking and anti-prostitution laws which limit the ability of sex workers to access life-saving care and address the HIV epidemic

Sterilized: against our will

"Unfortunately there was one sterilization form that I was not aware of and I had already signed it." HIV positive women in Namibia take their case to court.
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