Biden's wife on week-long tour of three African countries

Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (File)  (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (File) (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/01 11:27 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden, the wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, has embarked on a tour of three African countries -- where she will highlight female empowerment, education and leadership.

Biden arrives in Lusaka, Zambia on Tuesday. She is expected to be accompanied there by Rajiv Shah, director of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Stops also are planned in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. Biden will return to Washington next week.

Administration officials say the trip is a chance for Biden, a lifelong teacher, to highlight what happens when women and girls are empowered through education and entrepreneurship.

The trip will also spotlight U.S. engagement on the continent a month before dozens of African leaders come to Washington for a summit that President Obama is hosting.

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