Office of the First Lady
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2016
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA CELEBRATES
LET GIRLS LEARN WITH EVENTS THROUGHOUT MARCH
As we celebrate the first anniversary of Let Girls Learn - and March as Women’s History Month - the First Lady will participate in a series of events in support of adolescent girls’ education around the world. Globally, more than 62 million girls are not in school - more than half of whom are adolescent - because of complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers in accessing education. When a girl receives a quality education, she is more likely to earn a decent living, raise a healthy, educated family, and improve the quality of life for herself, her family, and her community.
In case you missed it: Today, the Peace Corps announced 23 New Let Girls Learn countries.
LET GIRLS LEARN is a PEACE CORPS initiative’s reach to thousands of Peace Corps volunteers and girls around the world. Launched by the President and First Lady on March 3, 2015, Let Girls Learn is a U.S. government effort that aims to address the range of challenges preventing 62 million adolescent girls from attending and completing school, and from realizing their potential as adults.
Tuesday, March 8th
Washington, DC * 11:30AM ET — In celebration of International Women’s Day, the First Lady will travel to Union Market where she will deliver remarks and announce private sector commitments in support of Let Girls Learn. Mrs. Obama's remarks to young women, students, and stakeholders will be open press.
Thursday, March 10th
Washington, DC — As part of the Official Visit, the First Lady and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada will participate in a spousal program to highlight Let Girls Learn efforts and raise awareness for global girls’ education.
Additional information about timing and specific location is forthcoming.
Wednesday, March 16th
Austin, TX — The First Lady will travel to Austin to address attendees at the SXSW Music Conference and continue to discuss Let Girls Learn, and the ways students across the country can take action on critical issues like adolescent girls education.
Week of March 21st
Cuba & Argentina—During the President and First Lady’s trip to Cuba and Argentina, Mrs. Obama will highlight Let Girls Learn and continue meeting with young people to discuss ways that youth around the world can become global citizens through their education and community leadership.
Tuesday, March 29th
Washington, DC —The First Lady will attend the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award at the U.S. Department of State.
The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.