Target: President of the United States, Barack Obama
Goal: Show your appreciation of President Obama’s efforts to eliminate gender oppression of women in Africa
Although it is tragically common for women in Africa to endure genital mutilation, violence, and overall unequal rights, President Obama seeks change through the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Expanding on the program initiated by former South African President Nelson Mandela, Mandela Washington Fellowship, Obama has invited emerging leaders from Africa to come to America in order to learn how to best empower women.
In order to address the issue, Obama will have the largest meeting of African leaders at the White House during the inaugural United States-Africa Leaders Summit. Additionally, under Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, new leadership centers will be built in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Senegal, making it easier for nonprofits, businesses, and mentorship courses to be accessed. Obama reasons with the statement that a country that mistreats women fails to reach its full potential.
Without a “strong, prosperous, and self-reliant Africa,” Obama says that the world will never be at peace. Even though genital mutilation and violence toward women are norms in Africa, Obama and other officials have made it a crime to take a women outside of the United States and to perform those traditions. The World Health Organization found that more than 125 million girls and women have experienced some sort of mutilation, leading to “cysts, infection and infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.” Women in Africa and unfortunately across the world affected by Islamic requirements are quite literally scared for life.
Please show your appreciation to end the suffering of women in Africa who are faced with such injustice.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to thank you for your support of women in Africa as well as the United States. No woman should live in fear of mistreatment of herself or for her children. The World Health Organization has concluded that more than 125 million girls and women are forced to withstand cysts to complications in childbirth because of genital mutilation. The overall unequal treatment of women must stop for the world to be at peace.
Please continue to foster growth and understanding through the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, so that Africa can strengthen its community.
[Your Name Here]
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