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Manifesto: Monique Deminint


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Monique Demenint spoke about access to female condoms at the Manifesto Roundtable in the Hague, 24 November 2009.

The Roundtable was hosted by the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology -

Monique Demenint works for Oxfam Novib on the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) programme.

To find out more about the Roundtables, visit

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Manifesto: Monique Deminint

  1. 2. <ul><li>Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Making FCs Available, Accessible and Affordable in order to: </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease of number of unwanted pregnancies 200 million women have no access to contraceptives </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in the STI incidence, including HIV transmission </li></ul><ul><li>61% of new HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa are among women </li></ul><ul><li>Promote gender equality and empower women </li></ul><ul><li>1:20 women die due to consequences of pregnancy or delivery </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Comprehensive Approach is needed </li></ul><ul><li>UAFC is partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Three components </li></ul><ul><li>Lower prices, more choice, demand creation, competition, supply chain, funding, distribution, awareness, advocacy, etc. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Beauty of female condoms: </li></ul><ul><li>Women initiated </li></ul><ul><li>Double protection </li></ul><ul><li>Can be inserted beforehand </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to be negotiated only once </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptability is high </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to more gender equality </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Why has it not yet caught on: </li></ul><ul><li>Image problems: noisy, ugly, availability, lack of funding etc </li></ul><ul><li>Major stumbling blocks are lack of availability and lack of choice and the price is too high </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Research and development is needed </li></ul><ul><li>Investment is required in research (pre-qualified different female condoms) </li></ul><ul><li>More condoms will lead to more demand </li></ul><ul><li>More demand will lead to competition and better prices and better products </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>FC programmes also fail due to bad supply chain management and stock outs </li></ul><ul><li>Condoms needs to be brought near to users and to be available year round </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Challenges in the next years: </li></ul><ul><li>Demand creation in countries </li></ul><ul><li>Get unit price down </li></ul><ul><li>More variety of condoms on the market </li></ul><ul><li>More funding and commitment available </li></ul><ul><li>Men and women need to take responsibility </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Universal Access to Female Condoms NOW </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for your attention </li></ul>