Charlize urges youth to lead 'empowered' lives

President Jacob Zuma was impressed with Theron's commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

President Jacob Zuma met US actress, and UN Messenger, of Peace Charlize Theron in Pretoria on 29 July 2013. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN

PRETORIA - Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron says South Africa's young women need to empower themselves with knowledge and lead healthy lives.

The Hollywood star met President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Monday, in her capacity as United Nations Messenger of Peace.

The pair discussed issues related to HIV/Aids.

Theron says she will do everything in her power to provide support for South Africa's youth in the fight against the disease.

"You're the future of this country and I'm asking you to seize the opportunities that you have and to do everything in your ability to lead healthy and empowered lives."

Zuma was impressed with Theron's commitment to the cause.

"She's expressed good and fresh ideas in the campaign, and I'm certain she'll give a boost to our campaign."

The Hollywood star has been invited back to South Africa to help re-launch the government's Know Your Status Campaign.