The women were debating among other items the female condom, HIV/Aids among women and sexual harassment in Harare at a consultative meeting organised by the National Aids Council (NAC).
“The female condom is out dated and is no longer sexy,” said one participant to the applause of men gathered at the two day event.
“We must see that it is improved just like the male condom. It stinks when used. It also is very hard to use. We need another more sexier condom.”
The workshop discussed the declining HIV/Aids prevalence rate in Zimbabwe but noted that more women had the HIV virus than their male counterparts in Zimbabwe.
“We want and demand another condom,” another participant said. “This one is out-dated.”
Of the 1,6-million Zimbabweans with HIV, 55% are women, according to government statistics. Cultural and gender dynamics often prevent women from purchasing or using condoms.
However a recent survey by NAC said more women were now willing to use the female condom, with commercial sex workers topping the list of users.
The survey however, noted that married couples generally shunned the use of the female condom.
NAC had so far this year recorded a 125 percent increase in use of both the male and female condom over last year’s figures.