First Lady appointed by UNAIDS

By Drum Digital
04 December 2015

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

One of SA’s First Ladies, Tobeka Madiba Zuma, has been appointed as the UNAIDS Special Advocate for the Health of Women, Youth and Children.

Madiba-Zuma’s duties will include speaking out on a local, regional and global level on issues related to women’s sexual and reproductive health, including HIV and TB and HIV prevention among young girls and women.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said he was happy to recognise the First Lady’s work with women and girls in South Africa and to appoint her. He said, “UNAIDS will continue to support her in her good work.”

The First Lady, one President Jacob Zuma’s four wives, thanked UNAIDS for working with her and the Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation for the past few years.

“I would also like to thank my husband, President Jacob Zuma, for taking bold steps to take us from denial to taking responsibility for the HIV epidemic. I am happy and honoured, and pledge to use my position as First Lady of South Africa to raise awareness of these issues,” she said.

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