Coming to America: Young African Leaders Vibe With Obama

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  • Dambala Garba
  • Regina Kpotor, Togo, 32
  • Barack Obama
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  • Howard University campus
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Womens' Liberation

"If you look comparatively at countries around the world, what societies succeed, which ones don’t, one of the single-best measures of whether a country succeeds or not is how it treats its women. … If you are not empowering half of your population that means you have half as few possible scientists, half as few possible engineers," Obama advised. "You are crippling your own development unnecessarily. So that’s point number one. [If] you educate and empower and respect a mother, then you are educating the children, right? So with a man, you educate him, yeah, it’s OK. A woman, you educate her, and suddenly you’ve got an entire village, an entire region, an entire country suddenly is becoming educated."

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