Bellamy launches Girls’ Education Movement

On her first visit to Uganda, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy co-launched the continent-wide Girls’ Education Movement (GEM) with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday. The three-day GEM conference is intended to help achieve equal education opportunities for girls, and remove the barriers that exclude girls the school systems. The conference will issue a GEM Platform for Action, which will be delivered by Museveni to the UN Special Session on Children in September, according to a UNICEF press statement. During a three-day visit to Uganda, Bellamy will also tour the AIDS Widows Orphans Family Support group in Nsambya, just outside the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and the the mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission centre at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, it said. Bellamy said earlier this year that the prevention of HIV/AIDS was UNICEF’s top priority. “UNICEF is challenging governments, local leaders, teachers and young people to help transform schools and education systems into hubs of activity and enterprise in the battle against HIV/AIDS,” she added. [For full UNICEF statement go to:]

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