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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Female Condoms = Power for Women

"Today HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age globally,[1] and approximately 215 million women in developing countries who wish to prevent or postpone pregnancy have an unmet need for modern contraceptives."[2]


During the first two weeks of March, leaders from around the globe assembled in Beijing for the Commission on the Status of Women. Art Aids Art was proud to join over 200 international organizations in cosigning the session’s official statement on Expanding Global Access to Female and Male Condoms.

We know that condoms prevent AIDS. Providing education and increasing the availability of female (along with male) condoms empowers women with an additional means of protecting themselves. Art Aids Art calls on the US government and international health organizations to support the distribution of female condoms as part of a comprehensive program to eliminate the spread of HIV/AIDS.

For the complete statement, visit http://www.genderhealth.org/pubs/civilsocietycondomstatement.pdf

1 World Health Organization (WHO). 2009. Women and Health: Today’s Evidence, Tomorrow’s Agenda. Geneva: WHO
2 Singh, Susheela, Jacqueline E. Darroch, Lori S. Ashford, and Michael Vlassoff. 2009. Adding it Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health. New York: Guttmacher Institute and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Art Credit: Condoms as the First Tool to Fight AIDS in Africa by Peyman Pourhosein

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