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Michelle Obama announces funding of US$70 million for Pakistani women

WASHINGTON: On her visit to the United States with her father Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz assured FIrst Lady Michelle Obama that female education and women’s health were Pakistan’s top priorities.

Addressing a gathering at the White House, Maryam Nawaz highlighted the various problems and hurdles faced by Pakistani women. She also informed women present there as regards to the steps being taken to promote female education and upbringing in Pakistan.

During her address, she stressed on the importance of the role women played in contributing to the progress and prosperity of the nation. She also said that her father Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was focusing his efforts specifically for female education in Pakistan.

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According to an official press release, on this occasion both sides announced a new partnership Let Girls Learn (LGL Pakistan) to promote girls education in Pakistan that intends to benefit 200,000 young girls. Under LGL Pakistan, both sides committed to closely work together to expand opportunities for the education of young girls in Pakistan and women empowerment.

Mrs. Michelle Obama warmly welcomed the Mrs. Sharif and Mrs. Mariam Safdar at the White House. She announced an initial funding of US $ 70 million for LGL Pakistan program.

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Ms. Mariam Safdar in her statement thanked Mrs. Obama for her support to strengthen Pakistan’s education sector and highlighted the policy priority being accorded to increasing female literacy in Pakistan. She emphasized the firm commitment of the Government to implement the policies of the Government as envisioned in the Vision 2025.

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LGL Pakistan is part of the global LGL program, announced by President Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama to help create more education and growth opportunities for the underprivileged girls.

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