Women For A Change Buea - Workshop 2010

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Posted January 12, 2010 from Cameroon

Description: First University of Buea Students Workshop on Female Condom Advocacy Under the Distinguished Patronage of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea.

From the 5th to 7th of April 2010, at Alliance Franco Camerounaise.

8th to 9th April 2010 , In front Arts Lobby -University of Buea

Time Zone: GMT + 1

Proposed Project: "Women and the Sustainable use of Female Condoms: Fight HIV/AIDs and Gender Based Violence".

Please, for more info, contact: wfacbuea@ymail.com

The WFAC Buea Workshop Concept. In a related development, analysis of the data collected in a questionnaire completed by 522 female students and the voluntary testing of 108 sexually active females for HIV, syphilis, Chlamydia and gonorrhea indicated the prevalence of these diseases amongst the participants tested were 3.9%, 6.1%, 24.1% and 30.1%, respectively.. (African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR), 2007)

Furthermore, a situational analysis of 300 questionnaires conducted by WFAC –Buea (2009) to find out the percent of female and male student (age: 15 -25) with a basic knowledge in addressing the female condom use barriers indicated only 3.3 % had a basic understanding on the right base approach, with 2.6% being female and 0.6% being the male student. Coupled with the general misconceptions and stigma surrounding the use of the female condoms, many of the female students testified that they were willing to use a female condom if sensitized on the right approach.

It is therefore for these reason, WFAC Buea concludes that relatively high prevalence of STIs among female students in the University of Buea stems from inadequate knowledge of the major modes of STI/HIV transmission and inadequate use of preventive methods. The WFAC Buea Workshop 2010 will therefore be a break through to improve and reverse the STIs and HIV prevalence rate among the University students, as it improves on their reproductive rights.

WFAC Buea Workshop 2010 aims, among other things, to:

  • Sensitize students on how to use the female condoms

  • Increase Female students knowledge on current prevention options to fight HIV/AIDs besides the male condoms.

  • Encourage University groups in using advocacy as a tool to mainstream the use of female condoms into their activities.

  • Progressively meeting the Universal Access to Female Condoms, UAFC, goals.

Workshop sub theme: 1- Teen Pregnancy ,Abortion & Motherhood

  1. Education of Women as agent for Development

3.Reproductive Rights of Women

4.Right Based Approach in using the Female Condoms + Demonstration

  1. Increased Women’s knowledge / control over HIV/AIDs preventions

6.Advocacy for Women in Leadership

Workshop Profile Event: WFAC Buea 2010 Host Country: Republic of Cameroon Venue: Alliance Franco Camerounaise – Buea In front Arts Lobby – University of Buea

Distinguished patronage: Vice Chancellor – University of Buea

70 participants 5 International experts 3 Multilateral, Bilateral and other International Organization 5 speeches 6 sub-themes in workshop 5 companies for exhibition 10 Resolutions and Recommendations A pace-setting event in the heart of University of Buea, Cameroon Workshop re-convenes in December 2010

Event Date/Time : April 5, 2010 12:00 PM to April 9, 2010 12:00 PM

Host : Women For A Change - Buea

Location: Alliance Franco Camerounaise Buea and University of Buea - Cameroon

Comments 1

  • Michelle Elmquist
    Jan 15, 2010
    Jan 15, 2010

    Hi Zoneziwoh,

    This sounds like a really great workshop! I encourage you to post it as an event in the Resource ExChange.

    Be well,

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