Female Condoms in the Spotlight

Global Female Condom Day - PATH promo

Laura Anderson is an editor at PATH, where this blog was first published.

They’re appealing, versatile—and long overdue for the spotlight. But PATH and our partners still needed a way to give powerful, pleasurable female condoms—an often-overlooked option for contraception and safer sex—a starring role in the minds, conversations, and (yes), bedrooms of women and men worldwide.

For Global Female Condom Day, PATH, our partners, and fans are harnessing the power of online film to raise awareness of this powerful option. Photo: PATH.

So earlier this year, we invited filmmakers and videographers around the world to submit their creative and compelling stories to our first international Female Condoms Are_______ film contest. The twelve finalists and four winners, announced this spring, have helped us raise awareness of female condoms and their importance in the lives of people around the world.

Now, you can help us continue to put female condoms in the spotlight. This Global Female Condom Day, September 16th, and throughout the month, we’re inviting viewers like you to harness the power of these short, engaging films (available to anyone with an Internet connection, almost anywhere in the world) by hosting a screening of your own.

Join us!

Each year, Global Female Condom Day is an opportunity for advocates and users to bring renewed attention to this important ally. Watching—and sharing—the films is a fun, easy way to get involved. When you do, you’ll be joining an audience that includes people at events in China, the Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States, and in homes and communities worldwide.

Curious? We’ve put together some tools to help. Download the Female Condoms Are_____ film screening toolkit for simple talking points, organizing tips, and easy links to all of the films (basically, everything except the snacks!).

The films

“[After watching the film] we hope that people who have not used the female condom are motivated to try it themselves—and to become advocates in their communities.” -Pathfinder's Mozambique Country Representative, Rita Badiani

Watch the 4 winning films (or all 12 amazing finalists), and what you see might surprise you. Recognizing that it’s not always easy to talk about contraception, they offer honest, unfiltered—and sometimes very funny—insights into sex, relationships, and the personal and cultural factors that affect people’s choices.

“I believe in the incredible power of film to cultivate conversation about the great issues of our time,” says independent producer Jaime Jacobsen. Jacobsen directed Pathfinder International’s first-place winner, Female Condoms Are My Power, My Protection, My Pleasure! (embedded below), which features two young activists in Mozambique who are helping both women and men change their lives with the female condom. In addition to raising awareness, says Jacobsen, “I hope our film will start a dialogue about the important role men and boys play in empowering the women and girls in their lives.”

“We were inspired by the contest’s interesting approach to sharing information and increasing the use of the female condom,” adds Rita Badiani, Pathfinder Mozambique country representative. “[After watching the film] we hope that people who have not used the female condom are motivated to try it themselves—and to become advocates in their communities.”

Global Female Condom Day provides a perfect window. Even (or especially!) if female condoms aren’t available where you live, now is a great time to watch the films and share them with your friends and community. Whether you’re a dedicated activist or new to the concept, it’s an uncensored opportunity to learn more, form your own ideas, and join a global conversation on increasing access to this pleasurable, effective option.

Want more information about Pathfinder's work with female condoms? Watch the video and read a blog about how the female condom is being used in the field.

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He pulled the stone out of his pocket and dropped it after its trajectory, calculating fall rates against the wind. He repeated the experiment several times. Then he pulled back on the summit. In minutes, Gambalie would jump out of this place, plunging nearly a third of a mile and speeds up the heart-stopping 120 kilometers new balance shoes for men per hour before setting up his parachute 1,500 feet above the valley. He BASE jumped from the east face of El Cap more than a dozen times, but the western, or Salathe, face a greater challenge. To avoid spanking side of the wall, I had to clean a large boulder protruding 100 meters below the summit, and then immediately set sail. Gambalie made ??this one jump - the only person to do so. With a friend called Andy West help Gambalie done at the last minute equipment check. He walked to and fro from the edge, surface everywhere. 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His fluid, athletic stunts are featured in Warren Miller ski films high gloss. Raised in blue-collar suburb of Antioch in the East Bay of San Francisco, the Gambalie (pronounced gam-BAL-ee) moved restlessly through the early years. Friends talk about his "life wish", and the constant desire to push the boundaries. He lived a special code, even as a teenager. "When Frank care about something, he's better than anyone else, but if he does not care, he just does not matter," said his father, Frank Jr., foreman at Shell Bay Area vegetable oils. "Everything had to be Frank's sense." One avid skier, skater and a bungee jumper, Gambalie graduated from high school in 1989 and moved through a series of odd jobs, eventually gravitate life more convenient for its high-octane passion. In 1992, he moved to Lake Tahoe, where he settled in the close community of rock rats, snowboarders and bungee jumpers in Squaw Valley. He rose to the upper echelon of bungee circuits within a year, but by 1993 was again looking to push the edge. "It was almost by accident that Frank discovered BASE" says Gambalie former roommate, Jim Fritsch. "We just watched a ski movie one day, and suddenly here's this guy with a parachute on his back skiing off a huge cliff. Frank was completely blown off it. Was like, 'Bing!' A huge light in his head. " As with all other sports, Gambalie threw in BASE jumping, no matter what sport a basic rule: that beginners should be experienced skydivers. "Frank has made ten parachute tops, but he does not believe in going slow," says Gambalie mentor, California BASE jumper Adam Filippino. "He's like a sponge. He absorbed everything he taught and led to her." Gambalie's innovative style sets it apart from other divers, as well as his passion for pioneering touted jumps from places previously considered unjumpable. "Being deceitful is the fun part for Frank. Whether as a mission," says his friend Tom Cooke. By incorporating acrobatics in sport for the first time, Gambalie BASE stunned the world with his triple and quadruple winners, appear to BASE events like Bridge Day, Coach Outlet a legal contest is held every year in West Virginia. By 1995, he became the unofficial Gambalie savage BASE. But his brashness come at a price. The Hollywood stunt world closed ranks. "Most professional BASE jumpers work in movies and commercials," says Fritsch. "But it's tight circle, and they froze it." So Gambalie carved a niche in which there is no jumper gone before, into the lucrative world of corporate sponsorship. Armed with a demo reel, Gambalie made ??the rounds of adventure-sports fairs, offering their talents BASE mode wizard-kid cyber-entrepreneur can push his latest start-up. "Frank transport yourself better than anyone I've ever seen," says Filippino, a leading designer BASE equipment. "It was a terrific A sales rep would pop in Frank lane and suddenly, there was Frank doing all this great stuff - .. And he uses the equipment of competitors' Filippino laughs. "Obviously you want to steal some of that for myself." By early 1999 Gambalie they bring in at least a dozen of the most sponsorship in adventure sports, including Oakley, Obermeyer, K2, Nike and Red Bull. But for all his success, he continued to be tested against all major way. However, if Gambalie is compelled to attack deaths, he constructed each jump minimize your risk. Among the hundreds of hours of video footage Gambalie, there is footage from the TV show called "extremists" where Gambalie, dressed in a shirt and shorts, overshadowing the 850-meter-high bridge in northern California. As techno hurt in the background, Gambalie jumps backwards, spinning like a gyroscope and perform multiple flips before popping his parachute. A series of brazen, almost recklessly. But Gambalie calm. "I can handle the jump, jump you can control," he says, on Earth, dark eyes staring unblinking at the camera. "It is the government can not control the catch -. This is what scares me." "Go and run" philosophy has been observed in the BASE of the sport began in the late 70s. The ethos is particularly strong in Yosemite, where the Rangers have a reputation for zealously tracking jumpers. Tales parties sparse, searched vehicles and climbers spied constitute Canon constantly growing anti-Ranger paranoia. The recent death of world-class mountaineers Dan Osman adds especially sad chapter. One extreme sports icon and close friend Gambalie is Osman pioneer dangerous - some would say crazy - jumping rope sport: swinging unbelievable heights by climbing a firm leash on a piece of rock. In November 1998, Osman died Louis Vuitton Bags in Yosemite after one of his rope snapped during a jump from rock pillars known as the Leaning Tower. Household and BASE jumpers accuse Rangers of "killed" Osman, who spent two weeks before his death in Yosemite prison on various misdemeanor charges. Friends say he got out of confinement badly shaken. They insist Osman was mistreated while in custody, which shook confidence and led him to a critical error in judgment, the most dramatic of his decision to use ropes that are weakened by exposure to a month in the sun and snow. Yosemite authorities deny allegations of abuse, but "the charges" still speaks to the tension between the counterculture and its inhabitants Park Rangers. "Bottom line, there is an aversion us in Yosemite," says Filippino. "It's not a rule, it is a bitter relationship that has been built for so many years." Dan Horner, a special agent in Yosemite, begs to differ. "These guys that get yucks hiding in the forest waiting to be caught," he says. "But we do not have the time, let alone money for overtime, for that." In fact, he argues, Rangers actually catch only 5% of divers each year. Anyway, enough Gambalie jumped in Yosemite to know that he does not want to be among that 5%. And he stayed under the radar until Uthman's death. In contact with Osman over a mobile phone while his friend a fatal fall, Gambalie raced to the park and stayed with the body until rescuers managed to get there. But he feared his heroism has raised its profile among park officials. "Frank was concerned that the Rangers could try to make an example of him, if he was ever caught," says his mother, Ricci Mescola. "Especially after hearing all the stories about how they mistreated Dano." But although Gambalie achieved celebrity status in Yosemite, not distract him from jumping. "Frank was never caught up in Yosemite and it should never be," says hikers and Gambalie friend Dean Fidelman. "And you know, Frank was confident 'No way are we," he would say,' Let me chase - I'll just laugh in your face and jump in the river. ".." Rising 7,569 meters above sea level, El Capitan Everest jump sites. Towering monolithically at the entrance to Yosemite Valley, the transverse dramatically, allowing divers to navigate away from the rock to 18 seconds - a very long freefall - before pulling his release. And the meadows below coachfactoryshop2013 offers a comfortable drop zone, El Cap is irresistible to divers. So it was that Gambalie, the Salathe face most of all. The Salathe is one of the highest sheer rock in the continental United States, and of its pioneering first jump in 1998 Gambalie dreamed encore. Morning of the 8th Jun, 1999, he got into his blue Subaru wagon and drove to Yosemite, ready to jump again. It was the first time Gambalie returned to the park because Osman died seven months ago. "He was a little scared right after Dano died," says West, who agreed to meet Gambalie at the top of El Cap in the afternoon. "That was weird.'ve Never seen Frankie says he was afraid of anything." Although he was a friend jump Gambalie for years, the West has not seen him for months. Gambalie spent most of the year working on films for sponsors, and it seemed that the West is that his friend has changed. "I remember thinking it was ripe," says West. "He's like a real man - you can tell from the handshake, even a handshake was strong." Gambalie was eager to show the West point of launch, and two walked together toward the precipice. The group of hikers was hanging near the western edge of the face. one, Scott Burk, was a well-known big wall climber who recently became one of the six people successfully free solo of the nose, the highest point in El Cap's. Burk climbing in Yosemite since 1981 and knew most of the BASE guys. "BASE jumpers are simply not like other people," says Burk. "They are like drug addicts, the way some of them operate. The cat-and-mouse with the Rangers was part of it." West was suspicious of Burk, believing that he was the one who tipped off rangers when I was arrested after jumping West 1997 West El Cap is not even supposed to be close to the BASE jumpers.; He is still on trial. Gambalie spent an hour with Burk and other climbers, and then joined the West in their camp after dark. Besides Gambalie and West, Burk and friend were the only people who kampuju on top that night. The sky was not exactly light on 9 June, when Gambalie woke up just before 5:00 Ten minutes later he jumped, thus projecting rock just below the launch and fly away from the wall. He dropped to eight, nine, 10 seconds, kate spade outlet disappeared from the West look at three, and then re-appeared, and continues to fall. Finally, after 16 seconds, West heard the crack opening parachute Gambalie and saw his friend, a blot on the horizon, floating toward the valley. Gambalie slid to the west and to the woodshed times, and then suddenly turned almost 180 degrees and zigzagged east, finally landing across from the turnout at the westernmost edge of the meadow El Cap. It was, says West, a clean jump she had ever seen. And then West saw a set of headlights approach the landing area, blinking several times. He assumed that it belonged to a curious passerby. He waited a few minutes, and then returned to the camp to organize your equipment. He turned on the cell phone; named below to arrange a meeting is standard operating procedure after each jump. But Gambalie never called. Strangely, the West thought, but Frank is on the phone so much, maybe the battery died. Or maybe the phone down. You might as well head down, West said that he finished packing, Frank will call when he can. Then, tape the package, he began the long hike back to the valley. It was mid-October at El Cap meadow, just off Northside Drive, about 50 meters from where Frank Gambalie landed on the morning of June 9. Twenty meters south, deep meadow grass turns into a forest, which in turn leads to a bank in Merced River. In the fall, the river is shallow and less than 100 meters across. But in June, Merced is more than six feet deep, raging with 40 degrees of melting snow. Water at this temperature shock body like lightning, sucking his strength before you have time to react. At top speed - about 8 mph - power and volume of the river can trap body within its rush and sweep it downstream. Gambalie landed at the southwestern end of the meadow, and almost immediately Rangers poured it from two directions. He could have given up. Instead, he lowered his parachute, he turned and, as the Rangers reported, blesnu smile. Then he ran into the woods, according to Merced. Later, he made a lot of decisions Gambalie's. It seemed suicidal, almost absurd, for someone known for his meticulousness. "The river is a seasonal escape," says West. "You use it when it is low, after August. Never in peak season. Frank did not know that. Was so shopkatespadebags good at evading, I doubt I ever thought I would need. If you ask me, he was in a hurry to get to the top before dark, and he slipped on the prep work. " Approaching the right bank, in the area known as the Ribbon Creek, Gambalie threw the rest of your rig, and with an evil smile, he took the Rangers, diving headfirst into the river. The surface was smooth and glassy where he entered, but a little further down the large boulders blocking the rest of the Merced views. To see Gambalie next to Boulder he would have realized that immediately after, fed directly into the river rapids language. As he started to swim across, towards achieving the Rangers, Gambalie paddles grew more urgent. He tried to swim upstream, struggling against the current that pulled him further downstream. Nearing Boulder, Gambalie body went across to the rapids. Rangers watched from the shore as he disappeared behind a rock. It is possible that Gambalie is pushed under as he walked around the rock. It is also possible that, with the heat and strain the jump Chase, hypothermia set in well before he was caught by a rock unconscious. What is known is that the force of the river, made ??of aerated swirl of white water, keep it tucked under within a few seconds of his hitting rapids churned around him like a washing machine. Obstruction in the river, such as rock, increases the pressure even more. If there is a gap under a rock, a person can easily be tucked under and pinned there. Divers call it "strainer." It is, apparently, is what happened Gambalie. For the next month, his body lay submerged in the icy waters Merced to Yosemite divers finally found on July 7, three soccer fields, from where he went in. Until then, Gambalie had dark hair and eyes have lost their color, and his skin, well-preserved in the cold, began to separate from his body. "It was his fatal mistake, not knowing about the rapids," says Jeff Follett, rescue diver who discovered the body. "If he'd gone to a quarter mile upstream, he would have made it. But people drown in Merced even in flat water. Jumps in the river's stupid to do at any moment, any time of year." Initially Gambalie disappearance was treated as a criminal incident. Frightened, West left the park. "I just assumed Frank was not called kate spade because his phone was wet or something," he says. "I knew I did not want to be part of this, whatever it was. Did not want to be in jail." From his home near Los Angeles, West waited for word. Several hours passed, and then one day. So far, he is convinced something went wrong, West called Filippino, crying. Filippino never heard West so upset. However, he thought of his desire to invite friends Gambalie mom was premature. But when Gambalie voice mail is full, Filippino knew. "Somewhere in there, I knew it was not there." Rumors circulated around the BASE community: Frank jumped out of the country; injured, perhaps, in the woods; had amnesia. "Nobody believes that to die in the river," says Lottie Aston, Gambalie girl. "If someone would not have survived that is said to Frank. Everyone who knew him knew that. Frank got away with everything." When his body was found, rumors have been replaced by questions. What really happened that morning of 9 June? Yes overzealous Rangers pressure Gambalie in bad decisions? And who warned the Rangers? Is that Burk? (He says no.) One of his friends? Is it fear of being caught that drove Gambalie to the river? Or is this belief in its indestructibility, believing that showed something so many times before? "Frank had an unbeatable view of life," says Filippino. "" I will die for this - but this time it will not happen to me .. "" The official accident report states the cause of death of the park as a result of accidental drowning fleeing illegal parachute jump. Shortly after Gambalie disappearance, his father met with the Rangers. "I told them, look, my son has broken the law, he made a bad decision. But there is something wrong with all this. Law is designed to protect people, not to them where they feel they have no choice." But, of course, Gambalie had no choice. "Frank was not worried about losing their platform," says West. "He has not paid one in years." And although Osman alleged abuse may have been forced to the edge, at least one who knew his case Gambalie different thoughts. "Frank had a record of maintenance," says Kevin Thaw December hikers and Gambalie friend. 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