Months after her husband delivered a speech to a sold-out crowd, it was her turn to take the stage.

Obama took part in an hour-long question-and-answer session in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000 people at the city’s convention centre.

Obama highlighted the importance of education for youth to reach their full potential, regardless of the colour of their skin.

But, she added, adults had a role to play by setting examples and providing confidence — in particular for little girls who see few women in positions of power.

“I say that to all the fathers, brothers and husbands in this room,” Obama said. “If you are not making space for women in your offices, just think about what that’s doing to the girls that you think you love.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the move a positive step towards gender equality. — Reuters picCanada makes national anthem gender neutral

Malay Mail Online, Feb. 3, 2018

OTTAWA, Feb 3 — Canadians will soon be singing a new tune after parliament passed a bill to change the lyrics of the national anthem to make it gender neutral.

Only one line in O Canada was amended, from “True patriot love in all thy sons command” to “True patriot love in all of us command.”

But it has caused quite a stir.

“It’s about two words,” Senator Frances Lankin told reporters. “But it’s huge in terms of one of our major national symbols, the anthem we sing with pride about our country.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the move “another positive step towards gender equality,” while feminist author Margaret Atwood, who has been pressing for this since the 1980s, tweeted her thanks to lawmakers.

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