First Lady Michelle Obama to Visit Britain and Italy this Summer to Promote Girls’ Education and Healthy Eating

First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the Tuskegee University spring commencement in Tuskegee, Ala., last month (Brynn Anderson/AP)
First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the Tuskegee University spring commencement in Tuskegee, Ala., last month (Brynn Anderson/AP)

First Lady Michelle Obama will head to Europe next week in a visit intended to highlight initiatives to improve girls’ education, promote healthy eating and support the families of service members.

She’ll also cook with Italian chefs, take in the sights of Venice and meet a prince.

White House officials said Friday that the visit to Britain and Italy, which begins Monday and continues through next Sunday, will add international dimension to causes the first lady has adopted as her own.

The first stop is London, where Obama is expected to visit a girls’ school and talk with students about the White House’s recently announced Let Girls Learn initiative.

The effort, unveiled in March, is aimed at increasing access to female education around the world. Obama promoted the program on a trip to Japan and Cambodia later that month.

Obama and her husband, the president, have said the initiative was inspired by a conversation with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen and who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Friday that the issue is one that the United States and the United Kingdom often partner on in international development work.

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SOURCE: Griff Witte
The Washington Post

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