LEARN: Freida Pinto
INDIAN actress Freida Pinto will join US first lady Michelle Obama to promote a global girls’ education initiative in Liberia, Morocco and Spain.
The 31-year-old star, Obama, her daughters Sasha and Malia, and their grandmother Marian Robinson will travel to the countries from Monday (27) as part of the Let Girls Learn campaign which is aimed at helping girls obtain quality education.
The project was launched by president Obama and the first lady in March 2015. It brings together departments including the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Pinto and Obama will take part in a discussion about the educational barriers girls face in Liberia, where they will be joined by the country’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
In Morocco, Oscar-winning star Meryl Streep will join them to discuss the challenges women in the African country deal with on a regular basis, a spokesperson for the actress said.
Speaking earlier this year, Michelle said: “If we are looking to promote development, we need to educate and empower women. If half the population is unable to contribute fully, then meaningful, sustainable development simply will not be possible.”