D&P Does South Africa


GETNET’s mission is to play a dynamic role in the transformation and equalisation of power relations between women and men. Our commitment is to gender equality with an emphasis on empowering women through transforming women and men’s lives in the process of democratising South Africa. Our activities are aimed at strengthening civil society and enabling government in South Africa and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to implement strategies for gender equality. GETNET is a unique initiative in South Africa’s struggle for democracy. In its focus on women’s empowerment and men’s gender training, GETNET is at the forefront of social transformation strategy in South Africa. (Source: getnet.org.za)

Findings from investigations into the situation around female condoms were alarming. The National Strategic Plan (NSP) advocates the distribution of 425 million male condoms and only 3 million female condoms. When asked why, a common response is that women do not ‘like’ female condoms. How this conclusion has been arrived at is unclear as UN surveys indicate that women find them to be acceptable. In addition, it is not clear why this is a consideration, as generally, male condoms are not ‘liked’ either (p.5)…. Q: What about the religious organization you are working with, please share your experiences. In addition, as many women have not used the female condom, it is hard to imagine how they would advocate for wider availability. Many women have not used female condoms because they are not accessible. They need to be made available. Regarding religious leaders, UNFPA has been working with the South African Council of Churches. It was a major challenge, and was structured in a way to ensure that leaders were required to address their own attitudes and values. In some cases people walked out. It has been a learning experience (p.8)….A vital link in this programme is the person (nurse, educator, doctor etc) having contact with the end user. It is vital that this person needs to be a skilled communicator and able to conduct a positive dialogue. The person needs to have the correct counseling skills, which focuses on the needs at hand in a nonjudgmental manner. One needs to know how to help another person make a choice to use a condom. In addition the service provider should have a positive attitude and the ability to focus on the needs rather than judging the person. However, even in an ideal setting, changing sexual behaviour remains complex and difficult. It is also important to understand what women face everyday. The client needs to deal with her own life circumstances. It is important to give people the skills they need, and so empower them. It is important to change negative perceptions of the female condom, as it is something that can save lives. Maya demonstrated how the condom is inserted and described some of its features as a sex aid…(p.12)

Organisation – Represented by – Email

GETNET – Rita Edwards – duredorv@getnet.org.za (p.34)

(Source: The 2008 Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Dialogues : Universal Access to Female Condoms…A Human Rights Issue!)

Every time I click on a link to one D&P’s partners, I find I have to take a long shower to rub off the filth and grime that builds up just reading this garbage.  I’m sure all the guys reading this are just so eager to learn about this “men’s gender training” and “equalization of power” trip these angry, barren women are on.  The feminist butches want to teach us how to be men?! Yes, I am sure we’re just going to be all ears to that, for sure!  And look! More training with condoms and sex toys — probably a graduate level course no doubt.  Listen here, honey: if I can’t have the real deal, then I’ll pass, OK?  Or I’d just use a manequin to save me the trouble. Besides, don’t you know that the proliferation of these rubbers hurts the environment?


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  1. Good news, yesterday the CCCB announced a ‘Committee of Inquiry’ composed of two bishops to investigate the allegations made against CCODP. The two bishops are Archbishop Currie of St. John’s, Nfld, and Bishop Lapierre, P.M.É., of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec assisted by USCCB Msgr. Carlos Quintana. They will be going to Mexico later this month.

    More: http://www.cccb.ca/site/content/view/2681/1214/lang,eng

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