The hysterical womb: pathologising abused mothers

Since time immemorial, women who did not comply with male-prescribed behaviour norms were diagnosed as hysterical on account of their wicked, wandering womb. The prevalent laws punished them in many cruel and degrading ways.

We look back on that history with horror but the modern version is histrionic personality disorder. Although debunked as pseudo science, it is still commonly used in family courts to separate mothers and their children when domestic abuse by fathers has been alleged.

It is a legally-sanctioned injustice that ruins the lives of thousands of children and their mothers and families worldwide.. An example of structural state-sponsored violence against women despite the days of gender equality we are supposed to be living in.

Health in the crosshairs of the Tigray conflict

Mukesh Kapila  – 31 August 2021 As Ethiopia’s civil war  approaches its first deadly anniversary in November, there is, as yet, little prospect for peace.  The underlying causes of the immediate conflict are bitterly contested and the essential conditions for solutions remain elusive.  Geopolitical factors mean that the African Union and United Nations are paralysed,Continue reading “Health in the crosshairs of the Tigray conflict”