Target: First Lady Michelle Obama
Goal: Thank Michelle Obama for urging leaders to change attitude towards women and girls
Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama made a speech to young African leaders, urging them to change their traditional attitudes towards women and girls. Women and girls should have access to education and be literate, but these resources are often not enough to improve the lives of women in their home. As many communities in Africa are turning away from practices that demean women, such as the practice of female genital mutilation, leaders need to continue on this path so that women can voice their concerns in all arenas, including when deciding to whom and when they marry. The First Lady should be thanked for pioneering such a change for Africa.
Speaking to a class of young Africans who are taking a six week leadership course in the United States, Obama taught the young ones that leadership is empowering those that you rule so that each individual can become their best selves. She stated that Africa has made great strides in ensuring that girls have access to education, but there is more work to be done. While women are allowed to start their own businesses and hold parliament positions, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, and forced child marriages are still a huge problem.
Obama stated that women in the United States got their right to vote by fighting for it, and African women should do the same thing concerning their rights. Unfortunately, women still have not won the battle, and even in American equality is still being fought for. After receiving comments and remarks from the audience, the First Lady sat down with 30 African leaders to promote education for women in their respective countries.
It is obvious that the First Lady cares very deeply about the issue of equality among women and men. It is one of her biggest campaigns ever since she became First Lady, and it is a campaign she will continue to pursue when she is out of the White House. She should be thanked for this commitment, as many women and girls need role models to look up to when they are fighting for change in their country.
Dear Michelle Obama,
Recently, you spoke to a group of young African leaders, encouraging them to fight for equality and give women the same rights and resources as men. While many African women now have access to education, unfortunately this is not enough. Women need to be able to pick their partner, and should not be forced into a marriage before they even become adults. Women and girls should also have the right to stop domestic violence, but as you stated, many are implicated in such violence.
I am writing this letter to praise and thank you for your words of encouragement. Women and girls in countries where they have little to no rights need to have role models to whom they can look up. You are giving these young leaders hope and reason to fight for their cause.
[Your Name Here]
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