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UNGEI Statement on Queen Rania’s Appointment as Honorary Global Chair

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah

NEW YORK, USA , 15 July 2009 - The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) is pleased to announce that Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, a tireless and impassioned advocate for the world’s children, has been appointed as its Honorary Global Chair.

Queen Rania is renowned for her abiding commitment to the well-being of children, and the cause of girls’ education in particular.  She has traveled widely, spoken passionately and advocated tirelessly for providing all children, especially girls, with quality education.

As Honorary Chair, Queen Rania will advocate on behalf of girls who are denied an education, and support efforts of UNGEI, which works for “a world where all girls and boys are empowered through quality education to realize their full potential and contribute to transforming societies where gender equality becomes a reality.”

Her Majesty, who shares in UNGEI’s vision, has called education “more than a basic human right.”  She has also noted that girls throughout the world “lose out to poverty and cultural biases because families invest in sons over daughters when they struggle to survive. They leave education early because many schools fail to provide sanitation facilities that give girls the privacy and dignity they deserve. They lack female role models to emulate, to inspire them, to help them imagine what they can become. ”

Queen Rania is herself a role model for millions of girls and young women.  She provides an inspirational and powerful voice for the voiceless, and consistently highlights issues that require the urgent attention of the international community.

Most significantly, Queen Rania brings the perspectives and experiences of girls from a variety of backgrounds to prominent global platforms. She has also utilized innovative technologies to broadcast her messages to the public, especially the youth.

She has been associated with organizations such as the Jordan River Foundation, the Jordanian National Council for Family Affairs, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), and the United Nations Foundation, among many others.

Since 2007, Queen Rania has served as the UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children; UNICEF is the lead agency for UNGEI.  In her capacity as Eminent Advocate, she has traveled to Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Morocco, and Pakistan.  In addition to her global responsibilities, she continues to be an active supporter of UNICEF at home in Jordan.

On behalf of boys and girls everywhere, UNGEI welcomes the unwavering leadership, passion and commitment that Queen Rania brings to our common cause.


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