The Capacity building workshop on advocacy for health for African first ladies is to empower them to make an impact in their respective countries and the sub Saharan region.
The spate of unwanted and unplanned pregnancies could be curbed if women took charge of their bodies and exercised their human and sexual rights.
This is what the International Planned Parenthood Federation is advocating and has held a capacity building workshop for African First Ladies to enable them educate their women and adolescent girls.
This will be done through advocacy at high level dialogue meetings, at the administrative level and through public engagement.
With women, children and adolescent girls as their prime focus, they will tackle areas such as prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, improve maternal, neo natal and child health, and curb the spate of breast and cervical cancer.
What appears to be priority however is the need to educate women on their human and sexual rights.
Regional Chairperson of the International Planned Parenthood Federation of the Africa Region Executive Committee, Kweku Brenu, believes the event couldn’t have been held at a better time.
The IPPF is therefore advocating that women take charge of their bodies and be the ones to make the decisions that affect their human and sexual rights.
Executive director of UN AIDS, Michel Sidibe whose organization is committed to the work of OAFLA to end the AIDS epidemic commended the African First Ladies for their hard work.