Young rural African girls deserve special protection from the horror of HIV/AIDS-Namibia First Lady
By Olabisi Adesina
London, July 29, 2018 (Altafrica)-The First Lady of Namibia who is also UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls, Her Excellency Monica Geingos is calling for a special protection for young rural girls in Africa against the scourge of HIV/AIDS
In an exclusive interview with Alternativeafrica.com in Amsterdam during the just concluded international conference on HIV/AIDS tagged “AIDS 2018”, Mrs Geingos said the devastating link between poverty and lack of formal education have made them vulnerable to HIV and as such require special protection by the authority.
“The reality is a lot of adult are not seeing poor rural girls as people in need of protection. They see them as easy target to have sex with in exchange for money or material goods. They are seeing her in the form of a cheap labour. An adolescent girl needs to be protected and given the opportunity to live her potentials”
The First Lady of Namibia who is also UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls, Her Excellency Monica Geingos (2nd left ) at the launch of UNICEF report in Amsterdam
She called for immediate change of attitude towards the rural African adolescent girls ” we must change that thinking towards the adolescent African girls. we all have a responsibility to protect her more. Any society that does not protect its vulnerable speaks towards what its values are”
The First Lady also spoke about other issues such as mental health within African setting, the Organisation of African First Ladies and her pet project in Namibia, the “One Economy” including her efforts in getting the young Namibians heard through ” Be Free” project, a platform where young people in Namibia are encouraged to speak freely about issues important to them “on non judgemental platform
H.E stressing a point during the interview with Olabisi Adesina of Alternativeafrica.com
H.E Monica Geingos is a qualified lawyer and a highly experienced businesswoman. Before becoming the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia in 2015, Mrs Geingos spent 15 years in the financial sector, as a private equity and governance expert.
As First Lady she is complementing the President’s declaration of a “war on poverty” and works with UNAIDS to champion the newly launched Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free agenda as Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls.