Obama fights to let girls learn

First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her mission since the 2015 launch of her Let Girls Learn campaign to attract attention to the global issue of girls’ education. And this week, Obama took on a three-country tour to further discuss the topic and encourage girls to fight for an education.

According to ELLE, the First Lady began her trip — part of her Let Girls Learn initiative — on Monday, June 27 with a visit to Kakata, Liberia to “visit a local leadership camp for girls and to encourage the young women there to stay in school.”

Obama later met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who ELLE reports is “the first woman to be elected a head of state in Africa.” While Obama delivered an address to the leadership camp, USAID — the United States Agency for International Development — announced in union with the First Lady’s tour $27 million in funding to support “Let Girls Learn” in Liberia, says ELLE, and to expand Peace Corps programs.

After the stop in Liberia, Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia travelled to Morocco, where the First Lady was joined by actress Meryl Streep for a conversation with young girls in Marrakech about girls’ education, says the AP.

The last leg of the tour included a stop in Madrid, Spain, says the AP, in which Obama discussed her Let Girls Learn initiative, once again to bring attention to the “more than 62 million girls worldwide who don’t attend school.”

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