Male partners who use their power over women to prevent the use of safe sex measures and contraception leave them susceptible to health risks like HIV/Aids and once a future of financial dependence where women have children the actually can’t afford to provide for.
Human Rights advocates said these trends are a growing concern, particularly in more traditional communities and poorer communities where male dominance and financial power tend to be controlling factors.
People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) said they face these kinds of struggles daily at their shelters.
Palesa Mpapa, Legal and Advocacy Manager at POWA, said they often come across cases where women’s partners threaten to leave them for use of contraception.
“In some cases they are on pills and this becomes a problem because you can’t hide the medication. We’ve had women in their 30s with three to five children, not working, no skills to self employ. Chances of exiting and finding independence in these circumstances are slim, she said.