Today, Queen Letizia of Spain met with First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama in Madrid. They met over the Let Girls Learn initiative, which was launched in March 2015 by President and Mrs. Obama as a United States government led initiative. This initiative is aimed at helping young girls around the world to receive a quality education to help them reach their full potential.
The First Lady’s visit with Her Majesty began at Zarzuela Palace, where they took a walk through the palace gardens while discussing the initiative. Later, at the Matadero Cultural Centre, they spoke to 600 women, many of whom were between the ages of 15 and 22.
Her Majesty spoke about placing value on the work of the Spanish Cooperation, which focuses on strengthening the role of women in developing societies. She said in her speech, “I think today, here, all we are clear that the education of girls transforms, protects, is productive, is inextricably linked to social justice and democracy, family welfare, to promote equality, better health and nutrition.” She further added, “It is no longer so much about resources or infrastructure as changing attitudes and certain beliefs. The ability to locate, organize, understand and analyze information through digital technology is today one of the most effective ways for millions of school girls have access to knowledge, and therefore all opportunities.”
She ended her speech by thanking those in the audience for their attendance and the First Lady for her commitment to young girls’ education. Afterwards, Her Majesty and Mrs. Obama had a private meeting inside the centre.
This was not the first meeting with royalty for Mrs. Obama on this trip. On Tuesday, the First Lady spoke in Morocco with teenage girls about Let Girls Learn, alongside Hollywood actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto. That evening, Mrs. Obama and her two daughters, Malia and Sasha dined with Princess Lalla Salma, the wife of King Mohammed VI, and other Moroccan princesses for a traditional Iftar. An Iftar is a meal served at sunset to break the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
To learn more about Let Girls Learn, visit here.
Featured photo: By Diego Sinova / Comunidad de Madrid [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons