Women in Leadership 2 ~Rania ~ A Queen for All Seasons.
Rania Al-Yassin was born in Kuwait to Palestinian refugee parents from Tulkarm. She attended the New English School in Hawalli,Kuwait, then earned a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Upon her graduation from university, Raniareturned to Jordan and pursued a career in banking, working at Citibank, followed by a brief career in the field of Information Technology, at Apple Computer in Amman.
She met Jordanian King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, then only a Prince, at a dinner party in January 1993.
Two months later, they announced their engagement and on 10 June 1993, they were married.
Although her husband ascended to the throne on 7 February 1999, Rania did not become Queen immediately. She was proclaimed Queen of Jordan by her husband on 22 March 1999. Without proclamation, she would have been a princess consort, just like her mother-in-law, Princess Muna al-Hussein.
They have four children: Crown Prince Hussein (born 28 June 1994) Princess Iman (born 27 September 1996) Princess Salma (born 26 September 2000) Prince Hashem (born 30 January 2005)
Soweto, South Africa, 30 March 2009 – UNICEF’s Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan, recently spent time with members of the GEM/BEM club at the Phefeni Senior Secondary school in South Africa’s sprawling Soweto township.
Queen Rania with Indian celebrity ShilpaShetty
Launch of Global Women's Action Network for Children Left to right: MahnazAfkhami, MelanneVerveer, Madeleine Albright, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Marian Wright Edelman, and Mary Robinson
Queen Rania of Jordan with Lee Bollinger of Columbia University , January 2008.
First Lady Michelle Obama hosts Jordan's Queen Rania in the Yellow Oval Room in the White House Residence, April 23, 2009.
... perfection is "simplicity devoid of unnecessary elements"...
Since her marriage, Queen Rania has used her position to improve the livelihood of various sectors of society in Jordan and beyond. She is a global advocate for education and strong supporter of social development and economic opportunities for all. Queen Rania’s activities have encompassed issues such as community empowerment and sustainability, education, health, children, youth, women, and the environment, among others.
Queen Rania with Gordon Brown onWorld Economic Forum 2008
No matter where we come from… what we look like… how we dress… or to whom we pray… when it comes to what makes us laugh or cry… when it comes to what we dream of for ourselves and for our children… when it comes to how hard we work each day… we are usually more alike than we are different. An extract from a keynote address given at YaleUniversity by Queen Rania Al Abdullah, May 3, 2007
Everything we see in the world, is the creative work of woman.- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk