Michelle Obama Africa
June 29, 2011 by USA Post
After a boisterous chorus and remarks by leaders of South African women, an emotional Michelle Obama, the first African American in the history of the U.S. first lady, spoke to a packed Regina Mundi church, directly aimed at women youth.
“You can be the generation that makes the discoveries and build industries that will transform our economies,” said the first lady. “You can be the generation that brings opportunity and prosperity to forgotten corners of the world and takes away the hungry of this continent forever. You can be the generation that ends on HIV / AIDS in our time, the generation that not only fights the disease, but the stigma of the disease. ”
The wife of U.S. President Barack Obama, 47, said African youth should help ensure that women are no longer treated as second-class citizens, and address violence against women in any form, anywhere.
The speech was part of a US-sponsored forum for young African women leaders. Mrs. Obama said in the recent history of anti-apartheid struggle against white minority rule in South Africa and the civil rights movement in the United States had inspired others, and the same is true on a personal level between it and young African women today.
The church was a haven for anti-apartheid struggle, and the guests, said he believed it was now the scene of the most important speech on the life of Mrs. Obama. The first lady finished her remarks with the chant of victory of her husband’s 2008 campaign.
“If someone tells you that you should not or can not then I want to say with one voice, the voice of a generation, I say, ‘Yes we can!” What do you say? “Yes we can!” What do you say? “Yes we can!” Thank you all so much, “said Obama.
One of the participants of the forum, South African radio personality Anele Mdoda said Michelle Obama call was loud and clear. “The fact that she is here, and she is staring us in the face and she says to us, I think, and I know it’s a good start for better things for us,” said Mdoda.
Groups of high school students were also present. Seventeen years Nephawe Mashudu was one of the 20 teenagers attending high school in Soweto Moletsane. “Women like Michelle Obama succeeded in life because they lack discipline. And think outside the box, she thought for other people,” said Nephawe. “If we have more women to lead the world thinks the world would be great, would be a better place.”
Obama made the trip to Africa, focusing on youth empowerment and good governance-with her mother and two daughters, but without her husband. His trip included a meeting with anti-apartheid icon and former South African President Nelson Mandela, and visits to Cape Town and Botswana.
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