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Charlize Theron urges youngsters to help quell AIDS by 2030

Updated: Jul 19, 2016 13:49 IST

Washington D.C., July 19 (ANI): United Nations Messenger of Peace, Charlize Theron, has called upon the young generation to find solution to curb AIDS by 2030 while pointing out that young people have always 'been the drivers of social change'.

According to an e!online report, the Oscar winning actress admitted that though she is proud of the mission of this conference, but added that she is not happy over the fact that the disease has not yet been curbed.

"The real reason we haven't beaten the epidemic boils down to one simple fact that we value some lives more than others. We value men more than women. I know this because AIDS does not discriminate on its own. It has no biological preference for black bodies, for women's bodies, for gay bodies, for youth or for the poor. It doesn't single out the vulnerable, the oppressed, or the abused, we do," she said while speaking at the 21st international AIDS conference in Durban.

Revealing that 2.1 million people were diagnosed HIV positive in 2015, the 40-year-old-actress introduced the conference to her foundation 'Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project'.

"If we are going to end AIDS, we must cure the disease in our hearts and minds first. And I believe young people are the ones to do it, they holds unique promise. This is the generation that is shattering taboos and redefining old notions of gender, sexuality, and racial justice," she said.

Calling it "GenEndIt," the foundation urges the youngsters to help shift the social injustice that is crippling the world we live in and reminds the crowd of their goal to end AIDS by 2030. (ANI)

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