Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka arrives in Switzerland to Address YWCA Panel Discussions on Women, HIV and AIDS

Geneva - South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has today, Friday 28 October 2005 arrived in Geneva, Switzerland where she will participate in a panel discussion on Women and HIV and AIDS hosted by the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).

Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka will participate in the Young Women's Christian Association within the context of raising the visibility of the role of women leadership as well as the importance of developing leadership among women worldwide. South Africa as part of the African Union has committed itself to ensuring gender parity at governance, social and economic levels.

The panel discussion on Women and HIV and AIDS is part of a series of events organised to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Young Women's Christian Association. Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka will participate in the panel in her capacity as the Chairperson of the South African National Aids Council.

In addition, Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka will deliver a keynote address during the opening session of the YWCA Conference scheduled for 28 October and expected to draw on international political, civil, business, women leaders as well as YWCA partners and members.

Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka returns to South Africa on Saturday, 29 October 2005.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
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28 October 2005

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