Female Condom and LGBT Support
With funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in partnership with Population Services International, this project aimed to reduce the incidence of HIV infection and the number of unplanned pregnancies among the sexually active population. This was achieved through support for uptake of the female condom—a method that is controlled by women—by educating and empowering women and training them on correct usage and to negotiate contraception with their partners. The project also sought to empower sexual minorities in Mozambique through advocacy and health promotion activities. In order to support these outcomes, Pathfinder helped to ensure access to female condoms in health facilities, supported the training of providers to counsel and provide services related to female condoms, and facilitated the creation of support groups among users of female condoms to ensure correct usage and increase method adherence.
Since January 2012, more than 26,000 female condoms were distributed to health units and 4,800 women participated in meetings to monitor the consistent use of the female condom in health units.
This Spring 2013 edition of Pathways explores Pathfinder's gender equality work through the stories of women like Deolinda, a young advocate and female condom user, and Celia, a nurse and family planning advocate empowering women in Matola, Mozambique.
Pathfinder aims is to evaluate the strategies of the Geracao BIZ project, as well as transform the knowledge, attitudes and practices of primary school, high school, secondary education and technical education students in sexual reproductive health.
The Pathfinding Fund is supporting studies on innovative Pathfinder approaches in Mozambique; Pathfinder has been working closely with country staff to develop the CHW study and anticipates having results by the end of 2012.
Pathfinder reduced violence against women (VAW) by establishing networks and building on government capacity and civil society responses. This project increased access to health, social, and legal services for women and girls.
As the UN continues negotiations on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals for its post-2015 development agenda, population experts are hoping reproductive health will be given significant recognition in the final line-up of the goals later this year.
Pathfinder's "Female Condoms Are Power, Protection, Pleasure" is featured in a BBC News story about the return of the female condom, a method of contraception empowering women around the world.