Michelle Obama speaks on need for girls’ education worldwide

DOHA: US first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday called on the world to fund and promote societal change to support girls’ education. Speaking at the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar, Obama said more needs to be done to ensure girls know their bodies “are a source of pride, not pain or shame.” “Solving our girls’ education is definitely about resources, but it is also about attitudes and beliefs,” she said. “It’s about whether parents think their daughters are as worthy of an education as their sons. It’s about whether our societies cling to outdated laws and traditions that oppress and exclude women.” Obama’s speech comes as part of her Let Girls Learn initiative. The program encourages world leaders to provide education opportunities to an estimated 62 million girls globally who do not attend school. Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned, former Qatari ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s most high-profile wife, opened Wednesday’s event by warning about the educational challenges the Mideast faces amid wars and societal challenges.


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