Do you want to promote National Condom Day (NCD) 2019 but need some inspiration?
It may be helpful to focus your events around the ‘Ask first: communicate and negotiate’ theme and the following key messages:
- All partners of legal age must enthusiastically agree to take part in sexual activities without fear, coercion or intimidation.
- All partners have the right to use condoms and other contraception to protect themselves from sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.
- All partners have the freedom to choose when and what sexual activities to take part in, and the freedom to change their mind at any time.
Here is a list of event ideas for promoting healthy sexual relationships and reminding people about the importance of getting and giving consent:
- Incorporate National Condom Day into your existing plans for Valentine’s Day or visit WA Sexual Health Week for more information.
- Hold an interactive information/education stall in your workplace, school or community. Consider high traffic areas i.e. reception areas, clinics, local pubs, youth centres or shopping centres.
- Create an interesting display in your workplace, school or community i.e. window displays, posters on noticeboards or in toilets. Tip: download our bunting template
- Organise a morning tea or afternoon tea within your workplace or community. Tip: anything food related will be a winner!
- Organise sexual health workshops or presentations with a focus on consent. Collaborate with other health professionals or organisations in your area if you are unable to facilitate this yourself.
- Partner with your local newspaper or radio to promote consent and other sexual health messages (see our general media release).
- Host a girls or boys night in, with a focus on communicating and negotiating safe sex.
- Run a poster or art design competition to promote consent and other sexual health messages
- Host a bigger event (i.e. community day or health expo) in collaboration with other organisations in your local area.
- Hold a raffle or a competition with ‘prize packs’ and giveaways i.e. anything food related will be a winner!
- Focus on the ‘Keep Safe’ message and run a condom Olympics
Here is a list of activity ideas for promoting healthy sexual relationships and reminding people about the importance of getting and giving consent:
Tip: offer giveaways as an incentive for participation in your activities and contact local businesses for support.
- Ask participants what consent means and provide examples (also see consent definition from the Sexual Assault Resource Centre)
- Sexual Assault Resource Centre – includes posters, brochures, video clips and information sheets on consent, respectful relationships and other topics\Thumbs up, thumbs down – Get participants to read out some scenarios and decide whether they think the people consented i.e. “I have been going out with someone for six months now. We went to a party and had too much to drink. I woke up to find them having sex with me”
- If someone has not given consent, or was not able to give consent, that is sexual assault. Do an activity around common sexual assault myths and facts available here
- Keep activities fun by incorporating examples that your participants can identify with i.e. YouTube clips, social media, popular culture. E.g. Tea and Consent – A video that compares consent to drinking a cup of tea.
- Keep activities related to the theme and focus on different aspects of consent, i.e:
- Chocolate negotiation – give everyone a chocolate and get them to negotiate with consent to get their preferred chocolate from someone else in the room.
- Give it, Get it, Don’t give it – brainstorm ways that someone might show/say that they are giving consent, getting consent and not giving consent.
- Condom demonstrations (resources can be hired or purchased) or clips i.e. how to use a condom
- Competitions such as ‘guess the number of condoms in the jar’, a lucky dip, ‘steps for putting on a condom’ or the ‘saucy sex’ cards (resources can be hired or purchased).
- Create a condom tree or something else to grab attention.
- Hire or make a condom costume as an activity or wear the costume during your event.
- Make a piñata filled with condoms, lollies and consent facts, questions or quotes.
- Get participants to create their own text conversation to demonstrate consent.
- Theatre or role-play about consent as well as negotiating condom use i.e. excuses for not wearing a condom and comebacks.
- Offer an incentive to complete a consent or safe sex quiz – giveaways and prizes
- Love, Sex and Relationships – A teaching resource from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, with activities exploring relationships, sexual consent, equity and sexual and reproductive health
- When is the right time?
- What’s OK and what’s not OK – Sexual Harassment
- Ask Grandad – The Ask Grandad program is designed to build on the sexual education that adolescents receive in schools and extend the conversation into home settings.
- Tagged – A short film that addresses cyberbullying and issues of consent.