Michelle Obama launches campaign focusing on girls' education

Michelle Obama, the First Lady of US introduced a new campaign focusing on education for girls around the world at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.


Obama's new campaign, 62 Million Girls, is designed to heighten global awareness that millions of girls around the world are not receiving an education.

Obama appeared in a video on Saturday at the event starring Hollywood names like BeyoncA, Hugh Jackman and others and spoke about the 62 Million Girls campaign in front of a feverish audience in Central Park, New York.

Michelle unveils campaign on girls' education

She said she's travelled the world and met with young women who have not had a chance to receive an education.

She said "I see myself in these girls. I see my daughters in these girls. ... For me this is truly a moral issue." She asked the audience to tweet photos of themselves with the hashtag #62MillionGirls and say what you learned in school. Obama said she learned how to "speak up" in school. She said the photos will "show the power of education."

"We are helping adolescent girls worldwide go to school," Obama added.

The First Lady went on to stress the seriousness of the 62 Million Girls campaign as she earned a loud applause for the crowd. "Right now 62 million girls are not in school... they deserve the same chances to get an education as my daughters and your daughters," she said.

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