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Demonstrate solidarity with survivors of forced and coerced sterilizations in Canada

    Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:21

    Send a message to women in Canada who have been sterilized without consent, expressing your support and solidarity.


    Indigenous women in Canada have been sterilized without their free, full, and informed consent, a practice the United Nations has affirmed is a form of torture. Why? Because of systemic bias and deep-rooted discrimination against Indigenous peoples in the provision of public services in Canada, a pattern well known and acknowledged by government. It is possible that other women facing discrimination have also been sterilized without consent.


    Sterilization without consent violates the right to free from discrimination, violence, and torture, and it violates the rights to decide whether, when, or how to create a family. We are calling on governments in Canada to investigate this issue, end this practice, and ensure justice for survivors and their families.


    We acknowledge the pain and suffering experienced by women who have been sterilized with their consent, and their families. We commit to advocating alongside survivors on their journey for justice.


    We want survivors to know that they are loved and valued. Most of all, we want them to know that they are not alone.


    Join Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Amnesty International, and Inter Pares to mark International Women's Day on March 8th by expressing your solidarity with women in Canada who have been sterilized without their free, full, and informed consent.



    1. Download a sign (unbranded or branded or French sign) or make your own
    2. Take a photo with the sign
    3. Post it to Twitter using these hashtags #SolidarityWithSurvivorsIWD or #JusticeForSurvivorsIWD

    Not on Twitter? Email your photo to us and we will post it from our Twitter account.

    Learn more and take action to end sterilization without consent!