Public Event: Fertile Extractions: Women and Birth in the Global South

Friday, May 26th
14h30 for 15h00-18h00
Centre for African Studies Gallery
Upper Campus, University of Cape Town
Light refreshments will be served.

This talk will highlight the current paradox of reproduction in the Global South. C. Sathyamala will outline the politics of anti-natalism, especially the risks of the promotions of long-term injectables on women. Amrita Pande will discuss the converse dilemma in the Global South, namely the effects of pro-natalist technologies in anti-natalist states, wherein women's bodies and their fertility become extractive resources in the form of surrogates and traveling egg “donors”. Nomtika will speak about the local debate surrounding the promotion of ‘Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis’ (taking ARVs prior to sex to prevent contracting HIV) in South Africa. She will focus on the gender dynamics of this prevention method and the dangers this approach presents for youth. The issues raised by the panel, referencing examples from South Africa and India, will be interwoven with narrative threads by Malika Ndlovu as part of this open discussion on the immediate and long-term effects of this exploitation and struggles to prevent this violence.


  • C. Sathyamala, Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
  • Amrita Pande, Senior Lecturer, Sociology, University of Cape Town
  • Nomtika Mjwana, Advocacy Manager, Sexual Reproductive Justice Coalition
  • Malika Ndlovu, Writer and Applied Arts Practitioner
Fri, 26 May 2017 - 15:00

Centre for African Studies Gallery

Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

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