Michelle Obama Stresses on Need to Support Girls’ Education Abroad
The First Lady of United States, Michelle Obama said on Monday that American women must take all necessary steps to help girls in Africa and The Middle East to attain the education.
She was talking at a lunch sponsored by MORE magazine. "We would never accept a life of dependence and abuse for our girls. We would never allow their bodies to be violated or for their potential to be squandered. We have to ask ourselves, 'Why would we accept this fate for any girl on this planet?'" she said.
Michelle Obama was the guest editor of the most recent issue of the MORE magazine. During the event, she persuaded her audience to get involved and to support her initiative named, "Let Girls Learn." It is a partnership between Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development to help girls educate in poor countries.
According to data from UNESCO, girls at the primary school age in countries like Guinea and Jordan were out of school at a rate 1.5 times higher than their male counterparts in 2012. Pakistan is another country that Michelle Obama’s initiative targets. The UNESCO data states that roughly 740,000 fewer girls of primary school age were in school in 2013 than boys of the same age in Pakistan.