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Michelle Obama campaigns for girls' education in Madrid

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 01:10

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Spain's Queen Letizia come together in Madrid to promote girls' education. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S first lady Michelle Obama was joined by Spain's Queen Letizia in Madrid on Thursday (June 30) on the last leg of a trip aimed at promoting girls' education in poorer countries and raising awareness of gender inequalities. Addressing some 600 young women, many of them students, in the Spanish capital, the first lady shared stories from visits to Liberia and Morocco earlier in the week and highlighted the struggle many girls there faced to go to school. She urged the audience to spread the word and start promoting women's rights by standing up to inequalities they might also face in the workplace or school. In a nod to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she said: "Today nearly forty percent of your Congress is women - that's more than double what we have in the US Congress, though I'm proud to say that this year for the first time in history, we just might elect a president - a female president- of the United States." The first lady was accompanied by her daughters Malia and Sasha and her mother on the six-day tour to highlight the work of Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative she launched with U.S. President Barack Obama in 2015. The programme aims to address the struggle many girls under the age of 18 across the world face in going to school, which according to the campaign stands at over 62 million.

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Michelle Obama campaigns for girls' education in Madrid

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 01:10