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Highlights from Dr. Biden's Trip to Africa

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Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Africa on a visit to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone. The trip focused on how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate economic development, improve health and educational outcomes, strengthen democratic governance, and foster peace and security.

Last month, Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Africa on a three-country visit, leading a delegation to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone. This trip focused on how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate economic development, improve health and educational outcomes, strengthen democratic governance, and foster peace and security. 

Dr. Biden had the opportunity to visit health clinics and a hospital for survivors of gender-based violence, speak at local schools to encourage the next generation to pursue their dreams, meet with women entrepreneurs who are spurring economic growth, and hear from women political leaders about their work to break barriers so more women can become voices of change in their communities.

Check out this video of highlights from Dr. Biden’s recent trip to Africa:

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The areas Dr. Biden focused on during her trip will be on display this week when the largest gathering of African heads of state and government come together in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The Summit will highlight ways to strengthen U.S.-African partnerships and enable greater opportunities and growth between our country and Africa moving forward.

Click here to learn more about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.