Wondering how to celebrate National Condom Day 2021?
We’ve put together some ideas for fun and creative ways of promoting National Condom Day on February 14th. You might like to incorporate one or more of the 2021 themes into your school or organisation’s event – those being: condom use, consent, pleasure, and STI testing.
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- Incorporate National Condom Day into your promotions for Valentine’s Day.
- Incorporate National Condom Day into your promotions for WA Sexual Health Week.
- Information/education stall in your workplace, school, or community.
- A static display, e.g. bowls of condoms, window display, posters on doors, bunting.
- Educational morning/afternoon tea.
- Workshop/presentation with a focus on one of the themes.
- Newspaper, radio partnership.
- Series of fun nights in.
- Bigger event in collaboration with other orgs in your local area – e.g. health expo, community day.
- Raffle or competition, reach out to local businesses for prize pack and giveaway sponsorships.
- Social media campaign – online quizzes, meme competitions, like, follow and share, tag, guess how many condoms in the jar, how many of a particular item will fit in a condom? Tag SHQ and use the hashtag #CondomDay2021 so we can promote your event. Check out our social media toolkit for more help.
- Poster or art design competition, based around one or more of the National Condom Day themes.
To encourage participation in your activities, giveaways can be a great incentive. You could also reach out to local businesses for their support.
- Ask participants what consent means and provide examples – see definition from the Sexual Assault Resource Centre.
- Thumbs up, thumbs down activity – Get participants to read out some scenarios and decide whether they think the people consented.
- Activity debunking common sexual assault and consent myths.
- Incorporate fun, relatable content, i.e. Youtube clips, social media, popular culture (e.g. Tea and Consent)
- Do a chocolate negotiation activity – give everyone a chocolate and get them to negotiate with consent to get their preferred chocolate from someone else in the room.
- Play the silent dinner party – share a meal, everyone has to negotiate passing the food around using only non-verbal communication.
- 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.
- Perform condom demonstrations, have a condom relay race (you could use a blindfold or have the race in the dark) – resources can be hired or purchased through SHQ, or watch clips, i.e. how to use a condom.
- Play games to build comfort with the condom. You could pass a condom around a circle of people, with each person having to explain what non-sexual purpose they’re going to use the condom for, e.g. “I’m going to use it as a coin purse.”, “I’m going to blow it up and use it as a pillow,”… etc. Or play condom volleyball by blowing up a condom into a balloon and keeping it up in the air, with each person in the room take turns to tap it.
- Hold condom guessing games – e.g. guess how many condoms are in the jar. You could also run a “guess how many oranges/ping pong balls/how much sand/water fits in the condom” competition to demonstrate how stretchy they are and help debunk the myth that condoms are too small for some people. It can be helpful to also mention that if the condom feels too tight, painful or the person has difficulty maintaining an erection, then condoms come in different sizes (differing in girth) and it is possible to buy these from most supermarkets, chemists and online.
- Create a condom photo wall and encourage people to tag and share their photos with #CondomDay2021.
- Create a condom tree or condom wearable art.
- Make a piñata filled with condoms, lollies and facts, questions or quotes.
- Short-film or Tiktok competition relating to one of the NCD themes.
- Theatre or role-play about consent as well as negotiating condom use, e.g. excuses for not wearing a condom and comebacks to these.
- Offer an incentive to complete a safe sex quiz, e.g. giveaways and prizes.
Useful links and resources
- Love, Sex and Relationships – A teaching resource from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, with activities that explore relationships, sexual consent, equity and sexual and reproductive health.
- 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, sexting, and issues of consent.