First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Liberia and Morocco with her daughters, Malia and Sasha, to promote education and staying in school.
This trip is a part of her “Let Girls Learn” program, according to Cosmopolitan, which focuses on bringing attention to countries where women and girls are denied education and ” elevates existing programs and invests in new efforts to expand educational opportunities for girls—including in areas of conflict and crisis.”
In Liberia, Obama met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was the first female in Africa elected to a head of state position, and visited a local leadership camp. The First Lady told attendees, “I’m here to shine a big bright light on you.”
In conjunction with Obama’s visit, the United States Agency for International Development announced it would donate $27 million in funding for “Let Girls Learn” in Liberia, which also includes expanding the Peace Corps program there.
After departing Liberia, the Obama women headed to Morocco to continue promoting “Let Girls Learn.” According to the New York Times, only 36% of girls in Morocco continue education past the primary level. Actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto also made appearances alongside Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama for the event.
“Let Girls Learn” isn’t Michelle Obama’s only foray into female empowerment. Recently, she helped launch the United State of Women summit, which focused on women’s issues and progress.