22 December 2009

Queen Rania

No matter where we come from… what we look like… how we dress… or to whom we pray… when it comes to what makes us laugh or cry… when it comes to what we dream of for ourselves and for our children… when it comes to how hard we work each day… we are usually more alike than we are different. (Queen Rania of Jordan, Harvard University, 1007) The commitment shown by Queen Rania of Jordan to the 1GOAL: Education for All initiative saw her conferred the prestigious FIFA Presidential Award at the 2009 FIFA World Player Gala on 21 December.
Rania Al Abdullah (born Rania al Yassin on 31 August 1970), is the wife of King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Queen consort of Jordan.
In Jordan, her work focuses on the calibre and quality of education for Jordanian children, while abroad she advocates for global education and for world leaders to fulfill their commitments towards the second Millennium Development Goal, universal primary education. International Roles and Positions
  • Member of Global Leadership Initiative of the UNICEF, November 2000.
  • UNICEF's first Eminent Advocate for Children at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 2007.
  • Co-Founder and Global Co-Chair of 1GOAL, August 2009,
  • Honorary Chairperson for the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), July 2009.
  • Honorary Chairperson of the Global Action week in the Global Campaign for Education, April 2009.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the International Youth Foundation, based in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States, 2002.
  • Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Foundation Board, September 2002.
  • In September 2006, Queen Rania Member of the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors, September 2006.
  • Member of the Every Child Council for the GAVI Alliance.
  • Honorary Member of the International Advisory Council for the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).
  • Co-Chair of the Arab Open University.
  • Honorary Chairperson of the Jordanian Chapter of Operation Smile.
But leadership can not come just from the head. It must come from the heart as well. Because every policy, great or small, has a person at the end of it. Not just an anonymous stranger, but somebody’s mother… or best friend… or son. Someone who has the same rights and dignity and worth as you and me. Photo source:

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