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Queen Rania: a role model for the Middle East?

Sunday, September 11, 2005








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One of the most helpful and prominent foundations in Turkey, to my mind, is called the Anne Çocuk Egitim Vakfi (AÇEV), the work of which concerns educating the mothers of Turkey who have unfortunately received insufficient education for one reason or another. Of course, this has been the case in many parts of the country throughout our history.

AÇEV not only educates the mothers of Turkey through its reading and writing courses, it also undertakes "proper parenting” courses that both mothers and fathers can attend.

One cannot get any closer to the crux of the matter than that, can one?

We know that Professor Çiðdem Kaðýtçýbaþý and Ayþen Özyiðin have been stalwarts working with AÇEV for a great many years, and, as a result, we now understand that AÇEV's work has reached the eyes and ears of other developing nations, especially in the Middle East area.

The grapevine tells me that Queen Rania of Jordan has officially applied to AÇEV to see if their program can be duplicated in her country since, I am sure, the status of the women of Jordan may need to be elevated somewhat so that they can attain the status of which they most definitely deserve.

I listened to Queen Rania the other day on BBC World at the Villa D'Este on Lake Como in Northern Italy and I witnessed how fervently she is trying to change the status of women in her country and the greater Middle East.

She indicated that a lot of well-educated Jordanian women were working in hospitals, government offices and the education system, adding that this was not enough, however, and that a lot more needs to be accomplished in Jordan -- maybe more so than in other Middle Eastern countries. I couldn't agree with her more.

Just the other day I overheard Republican Senator John McCain say to Amre Moussa of Egypt: "You are talking of reforms but we still see women in certain countries of the Middle East sitting in the back of a car. You cannot even bring her up to sit in the front!"

Unfortunately, what McCain is saying is true. The response “it's our culture, our tradition and the accustomed way” simply does not cut it anymore.

It must change! Men in the Middle East must look upon women in a new light. Men should accept the rights of women, their dignity and their need for respect. I am impressed and proud of Queen Rania and what she is doing in Jordan. Let us hope she will be a role model for other Arab countries. Cooperating with AÇEV and using their know-how is a step in the right direction, and, I wish them every success in all their endeavors.
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Pet0897 4 0161 King Attends Joint Exercise with Italian Army Unit Aman/Sep.11(Petra)-- His Majesty King Abdullah II the Supreme Command on Sunday visited Italian army unit, performing a joint exercise with one Jordanian army units in the frame of performing joint military exercises with brotherly and friendly countries with a view to benefit from their expertises. King Abdullah the Supreme Command, in the presence of the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs listened to a briefing on the exercise. King Abdullah shook hands with participants, indicating to the importance of such exercises to exchange military experiments and expertise. Wardat/Petra 111959 Local SEP 2005 
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The only women that are allowed to wear white when they met the pope at the Vatican are the Catholic Queens of Belgium and Spain and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (and I *think* Italian and Austrian princesses) everyone else, Queens or female head of states from other countries and all princesses should wear black.

However it seems that the rule is only when they are on a state visit in the Vatican. Since they are not in the Vatican and it is not a state visit the rules seem a little more relaxed. The last time Queen Rania saw the pope it was not in the Vatican and she wore white, the same thing for the Empress of Japan.
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Thanks tami and Oppie for making things clear :)
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"However it seems that the rule is only when they are on a state visit in the Vatican. Since they are not in the Vatican and it is not a state visit the rules seem a little more relaxed. The last time Queen Rania saw the pope it was not in the Vatican and she wore white, the same thing for the Empress of Japan."

So she may not have broken protocol then?
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"However it seems that the rule is only when they are on a state visit in the Vatican. Since they are not in the Vatican and it is not a state visit the rules seem a little more relaxed. The last time Queen Rania saw the pope it was not in the Vatican and she wore white, the same thing for the Empress of Japan."

So she may not have broken protocol then?

She had brook the protocol.The first time it was in 2000,she met pope Jean Paul II in Vatican ,with king abdallh,and she was wearing obviously a white dress with a white matilla worn normally by the catholic queens
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I've posted the enitre article becuase the news source requires a subscription to read it all.


Queen Rania: a role model for the Middle East?

Sunday, September 11, 2005

obviously NO!Since most of the countries in the ME are doing better than her in the matter of empowerement of women's rights,so how she could be a model for them?


IMO,she's confusing her image in medias and her role of empowerement of women rights
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"obviously NO!Since most of the countries in the ME are doing better than her in the matter of empowerement of women's rights,so how she could be a model for them? "

Whcih countries would that be then? Saudi Arabia perhaps, where women have few tangible rights?

Jordanian women have had the right to vote since 1974, that's more than can said for their Kuwaiti couterparts.

WOMEN IN JORDAN, A SYNOPSIS:

Women's Rights:
  • According to the Jordanian constitution, all Jordanians are equal before the law, have the right to assume public office and the right to work.
  • Women were given the right to vote and the right to run for general elections since 1974.
  • The government of Jordan signed the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in December 1980, which was ratified by parliament in 1992.
Women in Parliament:
  • From 1978 to 1984, a 75-member National Consultative Council was established to assist the government in legislative issues. Three women were appointed to the First Session (1978-1980) and four to the Second and Third Sessions (1980-1982 and 1982-1984)
  • In 1989, Jordan held general elections, in which 12 women ran for office, none of whom succeeded in getting elected to Parliament. One woman was appointed in the Upper House of Parliament, or Senate.
  • In 1993, only three women ran for office, and one succeeded in becoming the only Jordanian women to be elected to the 80-member Lower House of Parliament. Two women were appointed to the Senate in that same year.
  • In the 1997 elections, 17 women ran for parliament, but none were elected. Three women were appointed to the Senate in that same year.
Women in Local Councils:
  • Women have the right of candidature and election to the membership of municipal councils
  • In 1980, a woman was appointed to the 12-member Amman Mayoral Council and was re-appointed in 1986 to the 50-member Greater Amman Mayoral Council where she is still serving at present.
  • In the 1995 municipal elections, 10 women won seats on municipal councils throughout Jordan, one of whom was elected as Jordan’s first Mayor.
  • In the 1999 municipal elections, 8 women were elected, but Jordan's first woman Mayor lost her seat.
Women in Government:
  • In the 1979 cabinet, one of 23 ministers was a woman -- the Minister of Social Development became the first female incumbent of a ministerial post in Jordan.
  • In 1984, a women became Minister of Information in a 25--member cabinet.
  • In the period 1985-1992, in six successive governments, no woman was appointed to a ministerial post, until a woman became Minister of Trade and Industry in the 29-member cabinet of 1993.
  • In 1994 two women were appointed to the cabinet assuming the posts of Minister of Trade and Industry and Minister of Social Development.
  • In 1996, 1997 and 1998, one woman retained the post of Minister of Planning.
  • In May 1996, Jordan’s first woman judge was appointed.
  • In September 1996, a National Committee for Women was formed to draw up general policies related to women in all fields and to define the priorities, chart plans and programs for women in the governmental and non-governmental sectors and to follow and work towards the modernization and development of the implementation of the national strategy on women.
  • According to UNICEF's 1997 Progress of Nations, women in Jordan make up 6% of top level government positions, while the regional average for the Middle East and North Africa is 2% and the world average is 7%.
  • In 1999, the first woman Deputy Prime Minister was appointed and who also has the important portfolio of Minister of Planning.
Women in the Labor Force:
  • The government’s labor law, which went into effect in June 1996, includes an article on working mothers that prohibits employers from terminating their jobs or giving them notice about termination if they are in the 6th month of their pregnancy or maternity leave. It also allows mothers 10 weeks paid maternity leave compared to the previous allowance of 8 weeks, an hour a day for breast-feeding during the first year after delivery and a year’s unpaid leave to care for their newborns. The law is based on international conventions set by the International Labor Organization (ILO).
  • The participation of women in the labor force has more than doubled rising from 7.7% in 1979 to 15% in 1993. The 1994 Population Census placed the ratio of women in the work force at 16%.
Women and Education:
  • Illiteracy among women decreased from 53.2% in 1972 to 14% in 1996.
  • Roughly equal number of females (compared to men) enrolled in primary and secondary schools, community colleges and universities.
Women and Health:
  • The Ministry of Health launched its first maternal and child health program in 1955 in Amman, which has now expanded to 287 centers and 22 government hospitals located throughout the Kingdom.
  • Jordan’s maternal and child health services have witnessed a perceptible improvement over the past years; child vaccination rates are above 90%, child mortality rates decreased from 40 per 1000 live births in 1985 to 24 per 1000 in 1997, the percentage of women who receive neonatal care rose from 58% during 1978-1983 to 89% during 1992-1996 and the percentage of women who gave birth under medical supervision also rose to 97% during 1990-1997. The percentage of mothers receiving postnatal care however, remains low at 25%.
  • Life expectancy of women has increased from 64 in 1980 to 70 in 1994, infant mortality has dropped from 64 / 1000 in 1980 to 21 / 1000 in 1994 and fertility rates have decreased to 5.2 births per woman in 1997 compared with 7 in 1976.
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"obviously NO!Since most of the countries in the ME are doing better than her in the matter of empowerement of women's rights,so how she could be a model for them? "

Whcih countries would that be then? Saudi Arabia perhaps, where women have few tangible rights?

Jordanian women have had the right to vote since 1974, that's more than can said for their Kuwaiti couterparts.
http://womensissues.about.com/gi/dyn...%2Fwomenjo.htm

Great,obviously nothing more since 70's,so what Rania did since she was a queen? ,and what she accomplished to diserve the title of a model for the rest of the ME ?actually,nothing,all those rights were gained since the 70's as your post shows and nothing thanks to the model queen rania !!!


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Whcih countries would that be then?

http://womensissues.about.com/gi/dyn...%2Fwomenjo.htm


Which countries?tunisia,morocco,Egypt.....,if you had read the thread about arab women summit,you will find a great survy about women and human rights in ME and north africa which is called the Great Middle east,and you will see that Jordan is not well ranked,it's more close to countries like KSA and Kuwait than Morocco or Egypt...
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#post 16,Jordan and his queen model of empowerement of women rights should be better ranked to diserve being a model for the rest of the great ME!!!!
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She had brook the protocol.The first time it was in 2000,she met pope Jean Paul II in Vatican ,with king abdallh,and she was wearing obviously a white dress with a white matilla worn normally by the catholic queens
of course, only catholics are obliged to follow these rules. Many European First Ladies (protestants or others) not even cover the head.
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The establishment of a Jordanian chapter of the IWF complements Queen Rania's efforts aimed at empowering women by providing them with the right opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential. As an advocate of the rights of women and president of the Arab Women's Summit, the Queen has encouraged and supported activities that empower women to allow them to become active contributors to the economic development of their communities.
http://www.amanjordan.org/english/da...php?ArtID=4209

Jordan Times
Tuesday, March 2, 2004


Queen highlights Jordan's success in increasing women's
participation in political, economic arenas

AMMAN (JT) — Building on her national and international efforts to integrate youth and women in the development process of societies, Her Majesty Queen Rania on Monday met Ireland's women decision makers and visited an urban regeneration site project for disadvantaged youth in Dublin.

On a two-day working visit to Ireland with His Majesty King Abdullah, the Queen visited the community of Fatima Mansions Project where the International Youth Foundation (IYF) is active in reinvigorating an underdeveloped community to give hope to residents faced with poverty, lack of healthcare, social ills and despair.

Queen Rania was greeted by children and residents of the area at the community centre and was welcomed by Gemma McKenna, chairperson of Fatima Groups United. McKenna briefed Her Majesty on the success story in the area and the programmes and projects that exemplify the spirit of the new regeneration process.

She said the community was collectively participating in creative development against the odds.

“Queen Rania's visit is not just a visit of a political dignitary to a blighted housing estate. This is a visit of a great leader to our home,” McKenna said, adding, “she is the Queen of Jordan, but to us she is also the Queen of fairness and equality.”

During her visit to the area, the Queen visited the Ark project, a unique initiative that serves to develop the artistic abilities of children, while also encouraging their full participation in the regeneration process. She also unveiled a sign for a new project and had her handprint cast in cement as a memento.

The IYF, one of the world's largest public foundations whose board Queen Rania joined in 2002, works with a distinguished group of business, government, and civil society leaders from across the globe to help young people learn basic life skills and get the education, training, and opportunities they need to succeed.

Earlier this year, Queen Rania, on behalf on the IYF, wrote an article in The Financial Times entitled “Closing the Hope Gap: Our Greatest Challenge,” in which she said: “For real advances to be made, youth must have a voice, and be at the forefront of global change and innovation.... our greatest challenge... is the `hope gap' that separates the world's people, from the earliest age, into those who have a future, and those who cannot even imagine one. And it is our collective responsibility to bridge that gap.”

Also on Monday, Queen Rania met with Irish women parliamentarians, senators, ministers and members of civil society and the business community where she showcased the Jordanian experience in empowering women, noting the strides Jordan has undertaken in this field by increasing women's representation and participation in the political and economic arenas.

The Queen told parliamentarians that Ireland and Jordan have many things in common, as small nations, proud of their independence, strengthened by a stable society rooted in family and faith.

“Like you, we are a resourceful and resilient people who are determined to take our rightful place in the community of nations.... We are building a knowledge-based society and emerging as a hub for technology investment in our region,” the Queen said, adding that Jordan was creating a model by combining public and private sector initiatives to form a dynamic national economic policy.

Among Arab countries, Jordan currently has the highest percentage of women serving in the legislative and executive branches of government. There are now six women parliamentarians, elected last June after the introduction of the women's quota; the number of senators is now seven, up from three, and there are now three ministers in the 21-member Cabinet.
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Queen and microfinance advocates lobby Congress to give global microenterprise a push

AMMAN (JT) — Her Majesty Queen Rania met yesterday with administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers in an effort to give a push to the microfinance movement globally. Queen Rania was the guest of honor at Tuesday's function which was hosted by the Microenterprise Coalition in the United States and the Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF), which runs a project in the southern part of Jordan.

"The microfinance movement has been gaining ground very rapidly by the day, all over the world. More advocacy is needed in order to be able to advance even more," Queen Rania told the Capitol Hill audience. "It is not the magical solution to world poverty, but it has proven to be a very effective tool that has enhanced the lives of so many people," Queen Rania said of microfinance.

"It's not just about the programmes, it's not about the repayment rate or the portfolios — it's more about the human face of microfinance and the success stories, the empowerment of people," said the Queen.

The Microenterprise Coalition is a network of 27 US-based organisations that are involved in microenterprise development. The coalition's member organisations, which include both microfinance practitioners and advocacy groups, collectively serve over 5 million low- income entrepreneurs around the world.

Representing the coalition was the executive director of the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), Rupert Scofield, who paid tribute to Queen Rania's role in the microfinance movement globally.

"We are greatly pleased to be here today to honour our international spokesperson for microfinance," he said, noting that Queen Rania launched FINCA'S Kosovo microfinance program last year, disbursing loans to underprivileged Kosovar women in Malishevo.

Also speaking at the event was CHF Vice President Judith Hermanson, who highlighted Queen Rania's support of CHF projects in Jordan and her overall support of the microfinance industry around the world.

CHF, which currently manages a $10 million loan fund in 10 countries, runs a $5.2 million in the southern part of Jordan. The project, which has seen the distribution of 10,000 loans in the past two years, is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Director of Policy and Research at FINCA Lawrence Yanovich expressed appreciation for Queen Rania's "enthusiastic championing" of the microfinance movement globally. He paid tribute to Queen Rania as "an incredible advocate on behalf of an issue for which she has so much passion."

Last October, the US Congress approved the "Microenterprise For Self-Reliance Act" — new legislation which increases the US government's support for microenterprise around the world by authorizing $155 million in funding for USAID's microenterprise programme over the fiscal years 2001 and 2002. The money would support the institutional development of programmes that provide credit, savings facilities, insurance, business training and other services to enterpreneurs. The bill ensures that at least 50 per cent of the resources go toward programmes that work with the very poor.

Broadening access to non-traditional financial services to those who are otherwise non-bankable by the traditional banking sector is an objective of the microfinance movement worldwide. The Microenterprise for Self-Reliance Act of 2000 was signed into law by President Clinton last October, after Congress approved the measure.

One of the provisions of the bill requires the US Department of State, the Department of Treasury, and USAID to work with the president to "develop a comprehensive strategy for advancing the global microenterprise sector in a way that maintains market principles while assuring the very poor overseas, particularly women, obtain access to financial services."

The strategy is due in a report to Congress by April 15, 2002. The report requires the Departments of State and Treasury to put their weight behind a strong US foreign policy initiative to expand financial services to the world's underprivileged.

There are about 10,000 microfinance organizations worldwide. Some of these institutions are transforming into regulated financial intermediaries that access capital from the commercial markets and use it to expand outreach and services.

USAID has disbursed 67,500 loans worth $21.7 million to more than 30,000 Jordanians. Repayment rates among Jordanian women has reached 98 per cent. Other USAID-funded microfinance institutions include the Microfund for Women, the Jordan Micro-Credit Company and a subsidiary of Jordan National Bank, AMC.
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Her Majesty Queen Rania Inaugurates First Intel Computer Clubhouse in JordanIYF underlines appreciation for Queen Rania's leadership in ensuring young people have greater access to educational opportunitiesNovember 29, 2004 AMMAN -- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah on Monday inaugurated the country’s first Intel Computer Clubhouse -- an after-school program set up to provide community-based technology-learning programs, enabling youth in underserved areas to acquire the tools necessary for personal and professional success.

Established in partnership with the Intel Corporation, the International Youth Foundation (IYF), the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) and the Museum of Science-Boston, the Intel Computer Clubhouse will serve young people, ages 10-18, providing them with access to high-tech equipment, professional software and volunteer mentors to help them develop the self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning they need to be successful in the future. The Clubhouse will operate out of the Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development in Hashmi Al Shamali.

Queen Rania commended the establishment of the Computer Clubhouse, highlighting the importance of such facilities and the resource they constitute for Jordan’s future generation.

“Thanks to the dynamic and proactive combination of the International Youth Foundation and the Intel Corporation, we now have a state-of-the-art computer clubhouse for Jordan’s youth. Enabling and encouraging our young generations to access the vast opportunities in the world of information technology is one of the greatest gifts we can give them,” Queen Rania said.

Queen Rania, who serves on the IYF Board, toured the clubhouse and discussed with students the opportunities it provides and the skills they learn through the facility which has been provided with state-of-the-art equipment.

Based on the Computer Clubhouse learning model created by the Museum of Science, and the MIT Media Laboratory in 1993, the Intel Computer Clubhouse in Jordan is part of a network of more than 90 Clubhouses worldwide.



The philosophy of the Intel Computer Clubhouse is based on providing a supportive learning environment where youth build skills and self-confidence, as well as a future, working together with adult mentors who provide inspiration and serve as role models.

Mrs. Farah Daghistani, Executive Director of JOHUD, described the launch of the Intel Computer Clubhouse as “a milestone and an extraordinary opportunity for the young people of Jordan.”

“We take pride in what has been achieved and the commitment of everyone to provide y0uth a place to interact with one another, have an outlet for their creativity and gain valuable insight as to their own worth and future prospects,” she added.

In his remarks, IYF President and CEO David Hornbeck thanked the partners in the project and underlined the IYF’s appreciation for Queen Rania’s leadership in ensuring young people in Jordan have greater access to educational opportunities, especially around information and communications technology.



“We have benefited greatly from her wisdom and passion that she brings to the critical issues facing youth today. Queen Rania has made “closing the hope gap” an underlying goal of her efforts here and around the world – a mission I heartily endorse,” Hornbeck told attendees. The clubhouse is expected to welcome as many as 60 youngsters a day who can experiment with technology as a tool for learning and creative expression and develop creative technology skills such as graphic design, music production, audio-visual editing and art work.

“Key to the successful launch of the Intel Computer Clubhouse has been the far-reaching partnerships between Intel, JOHUD, the Museum of Science, the local community and IYF,” said Mr. Hornbeck. “IYF is proud to be part of this alliance. Having been a partner in helping to create the first Intel Computer Clubhouse in the Arab World in the West Bank, we are particularly pleased to see this model being replicated here in Jordan.”

“When we support programs like this that build upon knowledge, encourage creativity, foster confidence, and connect youth to the larger community – we are, in Queen Rania’s words, closing the hope gap. Given the increasingly complex, diverse, and often divided world in which we live, there is no more important task in which to be engaged,” he added.

Mr. Christian Morales, Intel Vice President and General Manager, Europe, the Middle East and Africa underlined his company’s belief in the importance for young people to have access to PCs in order to gain the technology skills that are a must in today’s world.

“Recognized by the Jordanian leadership, computer literacy is today the fourth skill that everyone needs -- in addition to reading, writing and counting -- in order to compete in the workplace. Intel is happy to have had the opportunity, through this clubhouse and other educational initiatives, to support Jordan’s move in the direction of the information society,” Morales added.

In a taped message, Intel CEO Craig Barett said the Clubhouse is all about investing in the youth of today who are the leaders of tomorrow. “We thank Queen Rania for her vision and leadership in empowering youth in Jordan and the Arab World,” he said.

Ms. Ingeborg Endter, representing The Museum of Science, underlined how similar Clubhouses change people’s lives. “I’ve seen it in Boston, in Dublin, in Ramallah. As the Network grows in 19 countries around the world – we know that we will have touched and changed thousands of young people’s lives. I am sure it will here too.”

Explaining how Clubhouses provide a safe environment for youth, where a "community of learners" -- young people and staff – can use professional software to create computer-based projects inspired by their own ideas, Ms. Endter emphasized how each Computer Clubhouse contributes much to their community, and in sharing with other Clubhouses make an enormous impact as a global movement.

###About JOHUD
Headed by Chairperson of the Board of Trustees HRH Princess Basma, JOHUD operates across Jordan through a network of 50 Community Development Centers, providing partnership support to local communities to promote sustainable development and self-reliance among people in under-served locations. JOHUD promotes community involvement through volunteer programs, to develop a strong sense of social responsibility among youth who learn to exercise their rights whilst respecting the rights of others.

About IYF
Currently operating in more than 60 countries and territories, IYF and its partners have helped millions of young people gain the skills, training and opportunities critical to their success. Since its founding in 1990, IYF has supported programs that improve the conditions and prospects for young people where they live, learn, work, and play.

About the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network
Intel’s sponsorship of the Intel Computer Clubhouse is part of the Intel® Innovation in Education initiative, a collaboration with educators in communities around the world to improve the quality of engineering, mathematics, science and technology education by providing commitments of time, programs and resources to help students realize their full potential.

Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, provides financial, technical, career, and volunteer mentor support to proliferate the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network globally. In addition, Adobe Systems Incorporated, which provides the largest software donation, Autodesk, Corel, Hewlett-Packard, Macromedia, and the company Procreate have all committed a total of more than $10 million in software, hardware and services to the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. Other organizations involved include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, LEGO Systems and Haworth Inc.



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QUEEN RANIA WAS ROYAL PATRON OF
GLOBAL SUMMIT ON PEACE THROUGH TOURISM



Under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism will be held at the International Conference Center Geneva (CICG) February 5-8, 2003. The Summit, being organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) in partnership with the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC), is in support of the U.N. Decade for Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World. The First Global Summit in Amman, Jordan (November 2000) was under the Royal Patronage of HM King Abdullah II. Queen Rania's development of substantive projects that aim to improve the living conditions of underprivileged groups in Jordanian Society provides a model of leadership for the Summit's aim of "Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism". In 1995, Queen Rania established the Jordan River Foundation (JRF), a non-profit, non-governmental institution encompassing several projects that aim at improving the quality of life and providing a better future for all Jordanians.

The Foundation oversees several well-known projects in the Kingdom that include Jordan River Designs, Wadi Rayan and Bani Hamida. These projects empower women to become skilled contributors to the Jordanian economy, while generating additional sources of income to support their families. The projects have also encouraged the revival of an almost forgotten heritage of craft production and rug-weaving.

In 1997 Queen Rania launched the Jordan River Children Program (JRC), which is the Foundation's arm that focuses on children's issues, and in creating healthy generations of young Jordanians through protective and preventative interventions. The Child Safety Program (CSP), which is part of the JRC, addresses both protective and preventative activities with the overall objectives of enhancing positive child-rearing practices to protect children, and to identify, confront and eliminate various forms of abuse through awareness, prevention and rehabilitation programs.





In addition to the above, Queen Rania sponsors numerous events that promote economic growth as well as the educational, artistic, and cultural diversity in the Kingdom. Their Majesties King Abdullah Bin Al-Hussein and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah were married on June 10, 1993. They have three children, Prince Hussein, eight, Princess Iman, six, and Princess Salma, two. International Leaders to be Keynote Speakers

The Geneva Summit will feature leaders of the Travel &Tourism Industry from different regions of the world, as well as leaders in other sectors. Confirmed Keynote Speakers are: UNICEF Spokesperson, Roger Moore; Hon. Jennifer Smith, Premier of Bermuda; Premier of Tasmania, Jim Bacon, MHA; Amb. Anwarul Chowdhury, U.N. Under Secretary General for Least Developed Countries: Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President, World Travel and Tourism Council; Richard North, CEO, Six Continents Hotels; Francesco Frangialli, Secretary General, World Tourism Organization.

Also, Mr. Setyanto P. Santosa, Executive Chairman, Indonesia Culture and Tourism Board, Anastasia Mann, Chairman, Corniche Travel; Hon. Richard Gordon, Chairman, Pacific Asia Travel Association; Hon. Zakia Hamdani Meghji, President, Africa Travel Association; John Marks, Chairman, Travel Industry Association of America; Noel Hentschel, Chairman and CEO, American Tours International; and John Noel, Chairman and CEO,Travel Guard; and Demba Ba, Sector Manager, Private Sector Development, Africa Region World Bank

H.E. Dr.Bassem Awadallah, Minister of Planning, Jordan and H.E. Roni Milo, Minister of Regional Cooperation, Israel, will be featured in a co-presentation of the historic Red Sea - Dead Sea Project announced at the recent World Summit in Johannesburg.

Summit Aim and Themes

The aim of the Summit is to continue "Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism" and to harness the world's largest industry, Travel and Tourism, as a leading force for Poverty Reduction.

Within this context - themes of the Summit are: Strategies for Tourism Related Micro-Enterprise and SME Development in Least Developed Countries; Development and Marketing of Destinations Emerging from Conflict; Youth Travel for Peace and International Understanding; The Role of Sport in Peace and Development; Educating for a Culture of Peace through Tourism; Linkages of Tourism, the Arts, Culture, and Heritage in Building a Culture of Peace; Tourism, Environment, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development; Building Community through Community Tourism; Accessible Travel for All and The
Role of the Media in Creating a Culture of Peace..


http://www.africa-ata.org/iipt_globalsummit.htm
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Women's Small Business Development Program in Jordan Author: Making Cents International
Date: January 2005
Making Cents is developing the capacity of a local Jordanian institution to operate a sustainable women's entrepreneurship development and training program.


The WAEDAT ("Success" in Arabic) program aims to provide intensive targeted business development services to program participants in order to expand the cadre of successful businesswomen in the country.

Capacity building activities have included provision of and training for implementing Making Cents MicroPlan/Arabic curriculum for cross-sector business skills training. Other program initiatives include the development of a mentoring program through various women's groups in Jordan, sub-sector training activities in the areas of agricultural processing, cosmetics, business to business and health.

Recently on June 20th over 300 people gathered for the official launch of the WAEDAT program. The event was attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. In addition to Queen Rania's attendance, approximately 200 members of the business community and more than 100 WAEDAT clients attended. To date the program has trained 122 women, and has fostered a 10% increase in employment, a 25% increase in sales, and has created business linkages among 50% of its participants.
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