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Posted on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 16:55

African queens gather to fight HIV-Aids

By Godfrey Olukya

Uganda kicked off a 4-day conference on Wednesday focused on the fight against poverty and HIV-Aids, attended by some of the most prominent Queens from across the continent.


The conference, officially opened by Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, is hosting 40 African queens and other female cultural leaders from all over Africa for a conference aimed at devising ways of harnessing their power to fight poverty and HIV-Aids.

Taking place at Speke resort Munyonyo in the outskirts of Kampala, the event is held under the theme; ''African Queens and Women leaders -A vehicle for social and economic empowerment of rural women and youth in Africa-Looking beyond 2015, the future we want.''

It is being hosted by The queen of the kingdom of Buganda in Uganda, Slivia Nagginda in collaboration with the queen mother of Toro kingdom, Best Kemigisha.

Subjects of both Ugandan kingdoms, Toro and Buganda still prostrate before their royals as a sign of respect for their authority.

Among the queens attending the conference are Nanahemaa Adjoa Awindor from the Ashanti kingdom in Ghana and Fon Gwan Mbayamsing from Cameroon.

While in Uganda the queens are expected to launch the African Queens and Women Cultural leaders Network (AQWCLN) which is supported by UN women in collaboration with UNAIDS and African union.

''AQWCLIN which is to be launched by the queens is an initaitve of the queen of Buganda Slivia Naginda and Queen mother Obaapa Adwoa Ankya of the Ashanti kingdom in Ghana.'' said Denis Walusimbi the Buganda kingdom information minister.

He said that the queen of Buganda, Slivia Nagginda will host the royals to a dinner on Thursday evening at Buganda kingdom palace.

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