Dr Kaseba expected for First Ladies’ forum in Dar es Salaam

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— First Lady, Christine Kaseba, is tomorrow expected in  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to attend a First Ladies Summit dubbed ‘Investing in women: Strengthening Africa’, which will run from 2nd to 3rd July, 2013.

The Summit will also be attended by the host First Lady, Salma Kikwete, First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama and United States Former First Lady, Laura Bush and Cherie Blair.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Tanzania today, Zambian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Judith Kapijimpanga, confirmed that Dr Kaseba will arrive tomorrow.

Ms Kapijimpanga said Dr Kaseba will speak on the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon campaign and how it has helped in fighting cancer in Zambia since it was launched in 2011.

The High Commissioner said the First Lady will focus on the progress that has been made against cancer in Zambia, which has one of the most successful cancer programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The First Lady has been a leader in fighting cancer in Zambia and because of her commitment in the fight, Zambia is recording positive progress,” she said.

The summit will also convene a First Ladies roundtable meeting, which will provide a platform for discussion on ways they can serve as effective advocates for pressing issues in their countries, particularly related to women’s health and economic opportunity.

The summit will look at topics on education for women and girls, economic opportunity for women and emphasize the connections between the inclusion of women in all areas of society and the stability and prosperity of countries in development.

In addition to African First Ladies, the summit will bring together ministers of health, education and finance,  US government agency officials, policy makers, private partners, practitioners and faith based and grassroots organisations.

During the summit, information on programs that First Ladies can champion in their respective countries will be provided, including a forum to establish partnership opportunities and announcement on a call to action which will result in greater opportunity for women and girls across the African continent.

Dr Kaseba will also be expected to attend a welcome dinner hosted by Tanzanian First Lady Salma kikwete.