Michelle Obama Speaks About Importance Of Educating Girls To Combat Gender Inequality | NBC News NOW

published on July 13, 2020

Over these past few months there's been so much uncertainty you all are dealing with serious loss in your own families and abrupt changes to your daily lives especially when it comes to your education but you

All have shown incredible resilience and difficult circumstances before your determination over so many years has already helped countless girls create a brighter future for themselves

And their families and this pandemic has only shown that your efforts are even more important right now we know from past crises like ebola that the struggles that many girls already

Face are worsened in times like these violence at home child marriage and teen pregnancy economic hardship and caretaking responsibilities within families challenges like these are made

Even more stark in times of crisis and that of course includes education the malala fund predicts that when students are eventually allowed back into their classrooms

An additional 10 million girls of secondary school age could remain out of school and we can't let that happen we can't let these girls be forgotten during this crisis

The stakes are just too high because when we give girls the chance to learn we give them the opportunity to fulfill their potential build healthier families and contribute to their countries

Economies for generations to come that's why we started the girls opportunity alliance at the obama foundation because we believe that the millions of adolescent girls around the world who

Aren't in school today can make a profound difference for their families their communities and our entire world but only if they have the opportunity and the

Education to get it done i know that all of you believe that too and that's why we are excited to work hand in hand with each and every one of you and you

Can start by joining me in spreading the word about global girls education with the hashtag girls opportunity alliance i've already seen your ability to create

Change all over the world girl up clubs have stepped up in incredible inspiring ways during the pandemic for making face masks for their communities in

Mexico to setting up online learning platforms in malawi with every action you take you're proving that you're not just the leaders of tomorrow you're already the leaders of today

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