Stopping Aids by 2030 and empowering women in their sexual reproductive health and rights form the key issues being discussed during the two-day Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV /Aids (OAFLA) conference that kicked off in South Africa yesterday.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is among the OAFLA members attending the conference-taking place on the sidelines of the 25th African Union Summit being attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Sandton International Convention Centre (Sandton ICC). OAFLA draws its membership from all the First Ladies from Africa where respective members champion specific projects in their countries whose progress and achievements are discussed and reviewed at the annual OAFLA meetings.
The First Lady has on her part successfully initiated and championed the Beyond Zero campaign aimed at improving the health of women and children. Issues of reducing HIV/Aids are key components of the campaign. The OAFLA meeting is chaired by the First Lady of Chad and hosted by her South Africa counterpart Mrs Thobeka Madiba Zuma.
The theme of the OAFLA meeting is: Enhancing partnerships to end Aids by 2030 and to empower women in their sexual reproductive health and rights. The OAFLA theme is within the spirit of the AU summit agenda, which revolves around the year 2015 as the year of women empowerment and development towards Africa’s agenda 2063.
Besides attending the OAFLA meeting the First Lady on Friday received a prestigious honour on behalf of Mama Ngina Kenyatta recognizing the role of Africa’s greatest women in the contributions and achievements that make Africa better.
Mama Ngina was recognized for her role during Kenya’s freedom struggle including serving a jail term alongside other gallant Kenyans who were opposed to British domination and oppression during the many years of Kenya’s colonialism.