Visiting Namibian First Lady Mrs Monica Geingos has shared life experiences with youths in her role as the UNAIDS special advocate for young women and adolescent girls at the Women’s University in Africa in the capital.
Appointed by the UN Secretary General to champion the ‘Start Free Stay Free’ AIDS free campaign, the Namibian First Lady was at the Women’s University in Africa for a one on one with the young people.
It is not only HIV and AIDS which is an issue among young people, there are many other social topics and the point of discussion should be opening up lines of communication between the young and the old, says the UN special advocate for young women and adolescent girls Mrs Geingos.
Zimbabwe’s Junior Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Honorable Tendai Mabvure also spoke about the challenges of drug abuse among the youth.
Women’s University in Africa Vice Chancellor Professor Hope Sadza says the institution will thrive to facilitate dialogue, foster equity in education for the girl child and continuously stir conversation to drive the Start Free Stay Free, and AIDS free agenda.
The hashtag Be Free Conversation was launched in November 2016 in London.
It aims to encourage open and frank dialogue between adolescents in the ages of 15-24 and their parents, guardians and other adults on issues such as HIV and AIDS, teen pregnancies and sex, drugs and many other social matters.