Thursday, June 30, 2016


I see myself in these girls, I see my daughters in these girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.” -- First Lady Michelle Obama
Imagine being told that you are not allowed to go to school. Imagine being told that an education -- one of the most fundamental building blocks for a healthy, long, and fulfilling life -- is simply not an option for you.
It’s hard, right? But, for millions of girls around the world, it’s a reality. In fact, more than 62 million girls -- half of them adolescents -- are not in school. Millions more are fighting just to stay there.
These girls deserve a chance to fulfill their potential. All girls deserve that chance.
That’s why, as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama is traveling this week to Liberia, Morocco, and Spain to meet with young women and girls -- and to talk about why getting an education is something that every girl deserves.

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with Freida Pinto and students, in support of the Let Girls Learn initiative, at R.S. Caulfield Senior High School in Unification Town, Liberia, June 27, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Want to follow along? Check out the First Lady’s travel diary -– and don’t forget to follow her on Snapchat (Michelle Obama) for real-time updates.
Around the world, a girl can face complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers to education. She may have a long, unsafe walk to school from a remote village. Sometimes, even when a school is nearby, it may not have adequate bathroom facilities for girls -- meaning that female students have to stay home when they have their period. And, even after overcoming all of these obstacles, she may face school fees that her family is unwilling or cannot afford to pay.
Yet, we know that educating young girls has a tremendously positive impact on the world. Girls who are educated earn higher salaries, raise healthier families, and can even boost their countries’ economies with their contributions to the workforce. That’s why, when girls receive equal educational opportunities, it can transform lives, families, communities -- entire countries. That’s why the stories of the girls the First Lady is meeting with this week are so important to share.
You can also find out what you can do to help them get the education they need and deserve:
• Go to to see how you can take action in your community
• Read the First Lady’s daily travel diary on HelloGiggles
• Follow along on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (MichelleObama)

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Você e mais de 700 mil pessoas já se juntaram ao povo Munduruku para proteger o coração da Amazônia. Este apoio é fundamental para que seja possível barrar a construção de uma grande usina hidrelétrica no Rio Tapajós.
Mas ainda precisamos nos mobilizar para conseguir preservar a casa dos Munduruku e a rica biodiversidade do Tapajós! Nós temos que convencer a Siemens a não se envolver no projeto da hidrelétrica de São Luiz do Tapajós. 
Envie agora uma mensagem para Siemens
Apenas algumas empresas possuem a tecnologia necessária para construir esta hidrelétrica e uma delas é a Siemens. Temos que convencê-los a não participar desta obra. Envie uma mensagem ao CEO da Siemens, Joe Kaeser, pedindo para que a empresa não se envolva na construção desta hidrelétrica.
A Siemens orgulha-se de ser inovadora e possui políticas internas para a proteção do meio ambiente e dos direitos humanos. No entanto, destruir a floresta e remover povos indígenas para gerar energia hidrelétrica não é motivo para se vangloriar.
Um anúncio público da Siemens de que esta não participará da construção de São Luiz do Tapajós significará uma mensagem forte para que outras empresas também não se envolvam e fiquem fora desta.
Muito obrigado por estar nesta luta com os Munduruku,
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