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In the lead up to the global Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality (E4) Conference in Dakar, Senegal, from 17 to 20 May 2010, UNGEI has developed the Leaders for Education series which aims to raise the profile of girls' education and gender equality, as well as highlight the upcoming conference. This series features 10 global leaders from various sectors, including government, sport, business, and civil society who have contributed to girls’ education and gender equality, or whose personal stories are sources of inspiration to promote quality education for all.

Leaders for Education Series - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
Leaders for Education Series - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, UNGEI Honorary Global Chair and UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, shares her feelings and experiences in securing the rights for all girls and boys. In the final installment of the Leaders for Education Series, Queen Rania lends her inspirational voice calling upon leaders and policymakers to keep firm their commitments to educate the world’s children. Read More >
Leaders for Education Series - Sir Ben Kingsley
Leaders for Education Series - Sir Ben Kingsley
Academy Award winning actor, Sir Ben Kingsley speaks with us on the impact education has in and out of school, the inspiration and knowledge he found in his own schooling and the need to teach and learn at all stages in life as a vital means to a peaceful world.   Read More >
Leaders for Education Series - Paul Farmer
Leaders for Education Series - Paul Farmer
Dr. Paul Farmer, UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and co-founder of Partners in Health, speaks to us about his experiences working around the globe and witnessing firsthand the transformative impact of education. He maintains that investing in girls' education is vital to development, in terms of economic growth, promoting equity and as a basic human right. Read More >
Leaders for Education Series - Angélique Kidjo
Leaders for Education Series - Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo, the dynamic West African singer and songwriter, was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2002.  Ms. Kidjo speaks to us about the impact education has had on her life and the importance of educating girls for a better and brighter future. Read More >
Leaders for Education Series - Hilde F. Johnson
Leaders for Education Series - Hilde F. Johnson
Hilde F. Johnson is a Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a twice Minister of International Development. Here she tells us why education is the right of every child. Read More >
Leaders for Education Series - John T. Chambers
Leaders for Education Series - John T. Chambers
John Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to its current run rate of $36 billion. In November 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role. Read More >
Leaders for Education Series - Ana Ivanovic
Leaders for Education Series - Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic is a Serbian female athlete, former World No.1-ranked tennis player, much sought-after photo model and global sports star. She speaks to us about the role of education in her life and her involvement with the ‘School without Violence’ programme. Read More >
Leaders for Education Series - Navanethem Pillay
Leaders for Education Series - Navanethem Pillay
Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, wants to be the "the champion of human rights in every part of the world". A South African national, she was the first woman to start a law practice in her home province despite the barriers posed by the apartheid regime. Ms. Pillay talks to us about her experience, the right to education and gender equality. Read More >
Leaders for Education Series - Ela Bhatt
Leaders for Education Series - Ela Bhatt
Ela Bhatt, the founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), is widely recognized as one of the world's most remarkable pioneers and entrepreneurial forces in grassroots development. Known as the "gentle revolutionary," and a follower of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, she has dedicated her life to improving the lives of India's poorest and most oppressed citizens. Read More >
Leaders for Education Series -  Zainab Salbi
Leaders for Education Series - Zainab Salbi
Zainab Salbi is co-founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a grassroots international humanitarian and development organization helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives, families and communities. Here she talks to us about her life, work and girls' education and gender equality. Read More >

 

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