FEMALE CONDOM AS A TOOL OF EMPOWERMENT

FEMALE CONDOM AS A TOOL OF EMPOWERMENT

The female condom as a potential tool of empowerment, that women can self-initiate and control, was the subject of a presentation by UKZN anthropologist Dr Maheshvari Naidu and two postgraduate students at the 4th International Social Sciences conference held at the American University of Rome in Italy.

The students, Ms Nokwanda Nzuza and Ms Kholekile Hazel Ngqila, were also student team members on the project which looked at assessing the female condom as a viable female initiated alternative within the discourse and praxis around female sexuality and female empowerment.

Their paper was based on the findings and recommendations stemming from a large study on female condom use. The study worked on the assumption that this kind of critical inquiry could also be used as a viable “entry point” for raising awareness of other health interventions for women.

The conference was also seen as a vital platform and part of the process of mentoring and capacitating promising senior students and young emerging scholars.

Dr Naidu said presenting to a gathering of international academics and also hearing about other research in the field was an important part of the intellectual growth for young researchers, and provided an opportunity for the young scholars to hear critique, and, more importantly, to be able to respond to “international critique”.

Positive feedback was received which served to further inspire the student presenters. Research and capacity building were further emphasised during student sessions around “writing for publication” and culminated in revising and submitting the research for publication, and will appear in accredited journals in 2013 and 2013.


author email : Naiduu@ukzn.ac.za