ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 9 FEBRUARY 2019, (PSCU) – First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was today unanimously elected as the Vice Chair-person of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA)
The Kenyan First Lady will deputise the Burkina Faso First Lady Mrs Sika Bella Kabore who is the current chairperson of the continental First Ladies Organization.
The elections of OAFLA’s Vice Chair position were held at the AU Commission Old Buildings during the Steering Committee meeting of OAFLA ahead of the organization’s 22nd Ordinary General Assembly set for tomorrow , Sunday 10th, February 2019.
The OAFLA General Assembly is taking place on the side-lines of AU Heads of State and Government which is being attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The elevation of Kenya to the vice chair of OAFLA comes only a day after AU members unanimously re-elected Kenya as a member of the AU security council for another three years.
OAFLA is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 by 37 African first ladies.
The organization works to cultivate a spirit of solidarity and the exchange of experiences among African first ladies to increase their capacity and that of other women leaders to advocate for effective solutions to respond to the ongoing HIV/Aids pandemic in Africa.
The continental body seeks to proactively campaign against stigma and discrimination of those infected and affected by the scourge besides developing partnerships with international, regional and local donors to raise awareness, support and resources towards prevention, treatment and care programs.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has been key supporter and an outstanding member of OAFLA where she has initiated several programs aimed at addressing the HIV/AIDS challenges in Africa using the platform of her Beyond Zero initiative.