Beyond the Veil| HIV/AIDS has become the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide, said the UN at the start of a 10-day conference in New York.
One of the key issues, it says, is that up to 70% of women worldwide have been forced to have unprotected sex.
“By robbing them of their dignity, we are losing the opportunity to tap half the potential of mankind to achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” said Executive Director Michel Sidibe.
“Women and girls are not victims, they are the driving force that brings about social transformation,” he said. via BBC News
The Catholic Church denies that condoms will help prevent AIDS and maintains an aggressive international campaign to disprove their effectiveness. Pro-life activist Dr. Ligaya Acosta executive director of Human Life International claims that condoms aren’t effective in protecting women from AIDS, insisting that in 35% of cases, sperm get through the latex. Acosta also argues that condoms are rapidly spreading herpes and other sexual diseases worldwide.
In the Philippines, Catholic bishops have demanded the resignation of Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral after she distributed condoms on Valentine’s Day. Anne
Photo: Out of respect we have modified this very effective visual to be anonymous but reflecting the views of the Catholic Church on condoms. The ‘science’ of proper condom use should be settled once and for all. Without proper education, users have been known to put them on fingers or other places on the body that impede their effectiveness.
Preventing 70 million world worldwide who ask for condoms from getting them is a death sentence for the world’s women. Their bodies are not the ‘property’ of the patriarchy.