Christine Lagarde, New IMF Director

Christine Lagarde, New IMF Director

28 June 2011 - French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was named Tuesday as the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Her five-year appointment begins on July 5th, as such she is the first woman to lead the multilateral lender to nations. Lagarde succeeds countryman Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned on May 18 after being arrested on charges of sexually assaulting and attempting to rape a hotel maid in New York. He is currently under arrest in New York while awaiting trial, Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty earlier this month.

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First Ladies of Africa | Fight HIV/AIDS

On 2 August 2010, the Organisation of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA) met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. OAFLA decided to make its permanent office in Addis Ababa at its 7th January 2010 meeting. At the meeting they discussed the improvement of the lives of women in Africa through the management and eventual eradication of HIV/AIDS. These remarkable women are also committed to poverty alleviation and gender equality. OAFLA was instituted to fight against the spread of the deadly virus across the continent through education and the implementation of preventive measures among their country's populations. OAFLA also convened on 20 September 2010 in New York to participate in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit, on the issue of women and children malnutrition.

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