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From: Torey Van Oot >
Date: September 19, 2016 at 7:26:50 PM EDT
To: "Drake, Tiffany L. EOP/ Who" >, >, >, >
Subject: FLOTUS Pool Report #3
FLOTUS closed the event by again encouraging the audience to work to empower girls worldwide, saying, "We can all do our part to help girls around the world get the education they deserve."
Earlier in the program, a trio of girls from Jordan, Pakistan, and Malawi shared personal stories of how access to education has changed their lives.
Halima Robert, a 17-year-old from Malawi, said she had to trade class for cooking and fetching water for her husband after she was forced into an arranged marriage at age 15. With the help of a program backed by USAID, she said she was able to escape the marriage and go back to school. She said she aspires to be country's education minister.
"I now want to succeed more than ever," she said.
The girls' remarks were met with a standing ovation.
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan and Gertrude Mutharika, first lady of Malawi, also spoke to the importance of educating girls in their countries and beyond. Performers included cast members from "Waitress" and "The Color Purple."
First spouses from more than three dozen countries RSVPed for the event, per FLOTUS' office. Also in attendance were young girls from the following groups: Girl Scouts, GenHERation, YWCA, Girls Inc , Her Campus, and Young Women's Leadership Network.