Press release: Demand for female condoms at the UN in New York

At the UN, Mrs. Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza, the First Lady of Mozambique pleaded for a better availability of female condoms worldwide. She did so by writing her statement on Zawadi, one of many paper dolls. From all over the world these paper dolls came to New York, with statements from men and women asking for female condoms. Afterwards Zawadi flew to the Netherlands. There she, and many more dolls from around the globe, presented them at the UAFC conference on female condoms in November of this year.

When:

8 June 2011

Where:

UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS in New York
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza – opposite of the UN building

Background information:

At the conference, the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme emphasized the  importance of female condoms in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Although treatment of HIV/AIDS was increased by 30% in 2009, there are still two new infections for every person starting treatment. 80% of new HIV/AIDS infection occur through sexual transmission. Thus, there is a need for more and better prevention options.

Women are highly affected by the epidemic: over 50% of new infections occur in women. But women have no control over the use of available prevention methods. The female condom is the only prevention method that women can use and control themselves. A great advantage of the female condom is that it also protects against unintended or mistimed pregnancies.
However, access to and  programming of female condoms is lacking in most countries. The UAFC Joint Programme was set up to change this situation. The programme aims at making the female condom available, accessible and affordable to all.

Paper doll campaign:

Through the Paper Doll Campaign, women and men from all over the world make their voices and demands for female condoms heard. It is our hope that the outcome document of the High Level Meeting specifies that access to and programming of female condoms is crucial in the fight against HIV/AIDS. That women all over the world have the right to protect themselves against HIV, that they will have access to affordable female condoms, 

Ttake up the opportunity to get informed about the importance of female condoms in fighting HIV/AIDS, the progress that has been made and the challenges that are to be faced in ensuring access for everyone.