Crisis in girls education: Michelle Obama

US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) shares a laugh with some school girls as she attends the Japan-US Joint Girls Education Event at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo on March 19, 2015Michelle Obama spoke Thursday of a “crisis” gripping the world as she launched an initiative to help get girls into education, on the second day of her trip to Japan. The US First Lady told an audience of women in Tokyo that 62 million girls around the world were being denied the right to go to school. “It is truly a crisis,” said Obama, wearing a bright, floral patterned jacket and skirt. Obama, who arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday without her husband President Barack Obama, said both Japan and the United States were big donors in the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which aims to help young women in developing countries.

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