Michelle Obama to Continue Girls Education Reform in Liberia, Morocco, and Spain
First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to visit Morocco, Spain, and Liberia at the end of June to continue her mission for girls education reform, according to the White House.
Obama will be joined by her daughters—new-high school graduate Malia and 15-year-old Sasha—when she visits Liberia’s Peace Corps training center in Kakata. A school visit in Unification Town is on the itinerary, where they’ll converse with young women about the struggles they’ve endured to stay in school. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will join them.
On consecutive days, June 28 and 29, Obama will talk about the continued support and commitment by the Kingdom of Morocco and U.S. government to ensure girls education. Academy award-winning actress Meryl Streep will join the first lady.
The following day, Obama will complete her trip in Madrid, Spain, where she’ll give a speech about her “Let Girls Learn” global initiative to expand education reform to young girls around the world.
In March 2015 Obama held a “Let Girls Learn” event in London, flanked by the U.K. Department of International Development’s Justine Greening and Peace Corps Volunteer Bina Contreras.
“The world needs more girls like you growing up to lead our parliaments and our board rooms and our courtrooms and our universities. We need you. We need people like you tackling the pressing problems we face -– climate change and poverty, violent extremism, disease,” she told the audience at the Mulberry School for Girls.
She added, “We want to make sure that every door is open to girls like you, and not just here in England, not just in America, but in every corner of the globe. And that starts with making sure that every girl on this planet has the kinds of opportunities you all have to get the education and to succeed.”
Obama continues to advocate for girls education and women empowerment.
The White House held a women’s conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center titled, “United State of Women” on June 14, where First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey urged young women to have self-value and sufficiency.
“I tell my mentees, my daughters, is that our first job in life as women is to get to know ourselves. I think a lot of times we don’t do that,” Obama said when asked about self-worth by the media mogul. “We spend our time pleasing, satisfying, looking out into the world to define who we are—listening to the messages, the images, the limited definitions that people have of who we are.”