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Malala and Michelle Obama announce global girls’ education initiative at music festival in New York

By WITW Staff on September 28, 2015

On Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama launched  the “62 Million Girls” campaign – focused on making sure that the millions of girls worldwide not currently in school receive the social and economic opportunities to receive an education. “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 told the audience at Global Citizen festival in New York’s Central Park, an event focused on raising awareness on global poverty and inequality, which featured performances by Beyonce, Pearl Jam and Sheeran.  Obama invited people to tweet about the benefits of their own schooling with the hashtag #62MillionGirls. Also attending, the world’s most famous girls’ education activist, Malala Yousafzai. She illuminated the relationship between education and poverty in an inspiring speech: “It’s not that there is a lack of money in this world…we have billions and trillions of dollars…but where the money goes is military, it’s things that are useless and that are not useful to society” the 18-year old Nobel Peace Prize winner said, adding: “It is a book and a pen that can change the life of a child, it’s not a gun.”

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