Birth Control, Contraception and Women's Rights in SA: A Cape Town Case Study
Access to safe birth control methods and knowledge about their effectivity and disadvantages are basic prerequisites for the liberation of women. But the propagation of contraceptive services in South Africa has often adversely affected black women's health and has largely ignored their needs for education and personal choice. Focusing on interviews with a cross-section of the residents of Heideveld, a coloured township in Cape Town, this study isolates some of the patterns surrounding contraceptive facilities and methods. Most of the interviewees depend on state-run health services and have limited access to private health care. The study concentrates on women's experiences and identifies some of the more insidious forms of violence against women.
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