Office of the First Lady
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2016
UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR THE FIRST LADY’S
LET GIRLS LEARN 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 financial, physical, and cultural 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.
Wednesday, March 16th
Austin, TX * 11:00AM CT--The First Lady will travel to Austin to host the keynote event at the SXSW Music Conference where she will discuss Let Girls Learn, and the ways students across the country can take action on critical issues like adolescent girls education.
The First Lady’s keynote event will include a group discussion with Missy Elliot, Sophia Bush, and Diane Warren, moderated by Queen Latifah. This powerhouse group of women bring their collective years of experience to the table for a dialogue on passion, music, and the importance of girls’ education worldwide. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements associated with the First Lady's visit to South by Southwest.
AOL MAKERS is collaborating with Let Girls Learn and will be livestreaming the First Lady's event via MAKERS.com.
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 education advocacy and community leadership.
Additional information including press credentialing information forthcoming.
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. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the International Women of Courage Award.
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.