Queen Rania’s life continues to inspire and influence many women in the Middle East and the rest of the world. As mother to four children and wife to one of the most respected leaders in the region, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Queen Rania hasn’t sat on her laurels and watched the world from on-high. She has sought to redefine and revive the role of a woman in society; to nurture, build bridges and give hope to others.
She manages to do this whilst maintaining her own stylish individuality (regularly making the top ten on the global best dressed list and recently voted the most elegant royal in the world) and confronting the challenges in today’s world, poverty, women’s oppression, education and the current political landscape of the Middle East – including taking to twitter to counter ISIS and the harm their negative publicity campaign can cause to minds everywhere, Muslim or not.
She once said, “I just wake up and feel like a regular person. At the end of the day you are living your life for the people that you represent. It’s an honour and a privilege to have that chance to make a difference – a qualitative difference in people’s lives – and it’s my responsibility to make the most out of that opportunity.”
Her Majesty’s need to fulfill that responsibility has seen her start her NGO, The Jordan River Foundation (JRF) giving a helping hand to the disadvantaged in Jordan. For over ten years it has provided families with skills and knowledge to work themselves out of poverty. Today, it partners with the private sector and entire communities to bring resources, energy, and change to the lives of vulnerable citizens, empowering and inspiring them to believe they can make a difference for themselves and their loved ones. JRF is also recognized as a leader in the region for its achievements in protecting children. From rescuing abused children to healing whole families, JRF is now a centre of excellence, sharing its knowledge and know-how with others in and outside of the country.
Abroad, Queen Rania works for greater global action on access to quality education, and in her capacity as Eminent Advocate for UNICEF and Honorary Chairperson for UNGEI, she campaigns on behalf of children in need. She also participates in international gatherings, such as the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum, of which she is a Board Member. As an Arab, Muslim woman, Queen Rania is committed to reconciling people of different faiths and cultures by encouraging cross-cultural dialogue, particularly amongst young people.
As she continues to forge the path of change in the world, we have to share our admiration for someone so determined to improve the condition of others, especially children (she recently opened a counseling centre in Jordan for abused children) recognizing the future of all humanity lies in their being able to create a vision that elevates each man and woman’s existence.
That makes her more than a mother, wife, boss or spokesperson for her country. It makes her an ambassador for all of mankind.
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