22 LIGHTBULBS: Female Condoms and Women’s Empowerment

FC2 Female Condom
 
In this episode of 22LightBulbs, we talk birth control and women’s empowerment with Denise R. van Dijk, president of the Global Public Health Sector Division of The Female Health Company. (Don’t be shy – this is really important stuff!) She is responsible for developing female condom markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America in the public health sector. Denise has worked in more than 34 countries and speaks FIVE languages. She was recently nominated by the VIVA400 in the Netherlands as one of the most inspiring/influential women within the category “world impacters.” 
 
The Female Health Company manufactures, markets and sells the FC2 Female Condom. FC2 is the only female-controlled product approved for market by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and cleared by the World Health Organization (WHO) that provides dual protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), including HIV/AIDS and Zika. 
 

 

“Social circumstances show that men prefer not to wear a condom. Now women get the power to choose for themselves with the FC2 Female Condom.”
 

Minutes:
01:24  – Tell us about the Female Health Company
04:02 – The first female condom design
05:22 – The development of the FC2
08:00 – Is a female condom more effective than a male condom?
10:45 – What are common misconceptions of female condoms?
13:21  – What has it been like introducing the Female Condom to developing countries?
18:27  – If there was another problem in female health you were to tackle, what would it be?

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[The podcast name 22Lightbulbs is from Chinese numerology where the number 22 serves as the destiny number of individuals who are builders and leaders.]

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