Queen Rania appointed as Honorary Global Chair of UNGEI
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.
The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) is dedicated to fighting poverty and AIDS in rural communities in Africa by educating girls. Camfed began in 1993 by supporting 32 girls in rural Zimbabwe, and by 2005 this number had grown to 250,000 children in some of the poorest regions of Ghana, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia as well as Zimbabwe.