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Michelle Obama calls Argentine young women to become 'world change agents'

US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Metropolitan Design Center (CMD) in the BA City.
US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Metropolitan Design Center (CMD) in the BA City.
US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Metropolitan Design Center (CMD) in the BA City.

Michelle Obama today delivered a message before young Argentine women at the Design Metropolitan Center in the Buenos Aires City neighbourhood of Barracas, highlighting efforts by the civil society here against gender violence, specially the so called 2015 “Ni una menos” demonstration with thousands taking to BA streets to demand “Not one less” woman is killed in domestic violence cases.

“On June 3, 200,000 people overfilled the streets with the slogan Not one less. Domestic violence and abuse should not exist in any part of the planet,” Ms. Obama affirmed. “We need more of you to study, to become leaders and make women be honoured and respected.”

The US Frist Lady also stressed the role played by Buenos Aires province governor María Eugenia Vidal and social leader Margarita Barrientos.

“We need you to be leaders in Congress and the Casa Rosada. Your country is more and more important in the world scenario. I ask you to make yourself be heard and take advantage of the opportunities to become world change agents”.

Ms. Obama was later expected to visit a childcare center along with Argentine First Lady Juliana Awada.

Among the official gifts for Ms. Obama, Ms. Awada will be giving her an alpaca poncho that was knitted in the northern province of Catamarca by one of the members of the Association of Weavers of the locality of Belén.

“It is a big honour to represent Belén, Catamarca and Argentina with a millenary knowledge, handmade knitting of an alpaca blanket,” head of the organization Juana Moreno said adding the alpaca poncho “is an emblematic piece of Belén because it is knitted with the thinnest thread of that animal and it is job that can take even a whole year.”

The group she commands is part of the “Entrepreneurs of Our Land” project that is coordinated by the Social Development Ministry.

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