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Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Nationality: Jordanian
Designation: Queen of Jordan

As a woman who has always believed in the importance of cross cultural and interfaith dialogue, Queen Rania has been very vocal about fostering greater understanding, tolerance and acceptance across the globe. She has used her status to correct what she sees as misconceptions in the West about the Arab world.

Queen Rania of Jordan is the Queen consort of Jordan, born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents from Tulkarm. In recognition of her commitment to the cause of children and youth, UNICEF invited her to join its Global Leadership Initiative. The Queen worked alongside other world leaders, including former South African President Nelson Mandela, in a global movement seeking to improve the welfare of children. In 2007, she was named UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children.

Being a supporter of the Global Campaign for Education, Queen Rania met with children and inspirational women in South Africa, both in Johannesburg and Soweto, in 2009. Rania and the women took turns reading a short story out of The Big Read to the children, in an effort to encourage literacy. One of the stories in the book, “Maha of the Mountains”, was contributed by the Queen herself.

She established the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) in 1995, the Jordan River Children Programme (JRCP) and JRF’s Child Safety Programme, which addresses the needs of children at risk from abuse.