Michelle Obama, Laura Bush Stress Need for Girls’ Education


Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — First lady Michelle Obama joined former first lady Laura Bush on stage Wednesday to speak to the spouses of African leaders and other delegates at the U.S.-Africa Summit.

Both women stressed the importance of education for girls and women, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Sixty million girls today not in school, 30 million of those in sub-Saharan Africa. I want our young people across the globe to be talking about how do we fix that,” Obama said.

The two also touched on the need to teach boys to not discriminate.

“We do need to make sure worldwide, that all humans are valued. That women and men are valued, that girls and boys are valued,” Bush said.

Bush’s speech with the current first lady was followed by her husband, George W. Bush, announcing an expansion of his institute’s Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative for cervical and breast cancer screenings in Africa.

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