23 Sep 2016 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 SEP (NAMPA) Namibian First Lady, Monica Geingos was on Thursday in New York, USA appointed as UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls.
Bestowed upon Geingos by the Executive Director of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibe, the title mandates her to champion the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free agenda on a Super-Fast-Track to end AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020.
Sidibe met the Namibian First Lady on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In a statement this agency received that day, Sidibe said Geingos was chosen for the title as an admirable person.
Young women and adolescent girls around the world have a new champion and we look forward to supporting her work, said Sedibe who was delighted that Geingos accepted the position.
She said the Namibian First Lady will be using her platform to find partners and solutions to some of the difficult health issues facing young women and adolescent girls today, including HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health, as well as access to education.
Receiving the title, Geingos said the time has come to not just recognise the importance of gender equality but to enforce and have young women experience the change.
Young women and adolescent girls face the conflicting realities of a world that is increasingly recognising gender equality, while living in societies that continue to deny them the attainment of this shared right. While I am excited about the encouraging signs to rid the world of its patriarchal cloak, the risks faced by our young women and adolescent girls remain disproportionately and unacceptably high, Geingos said.
At the 2016 United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, the Namibian First Lady was praised for her honest and direct observations on how the world is failing to meet the needs of young women and adolescent girls, and on what practical steps are needed to close the critical gaps.
Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free is a UNAIDS initiative aimed at uniting global resources and the global community to end the pandemic by 2030 by enabling easy and fast access to prevention, treatment, care and support services.