Queen Rania Meets with Women Activists During Visit to Ma’an

November 08, 2018

(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department – Ma’an) - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited the governorate of Ma’an on Thursday and met with a group of female activists and community leaders, who have made invaluable contributions to their communities in a wide variety of fields.

Queen Rania met with local women active in the fields of education, art, medicine, and social development at the Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II Cultural Center, where she was received by Ma’an Governor, Ahmad Omoush, and the center’s director, Yousef Shammari.

During the meeting, the Queen noted that Jordanian women are making significant advances in many fields and securing leadership positions in all industries, commending the women of Ma’an for overcoming obstacles through their unwavering determination.

“This is what His Majesty means when he says the Jordanian woman is the pillar of our society; without her contributions, our Jordanian family cannot grow and prosper,” Her Majesty explained.

Queen Rania also stated that despite Jordanian women’s progress, their status has still not evolved to reflect the magnitude of their ambitions and potential, or the ambitions His Majesty King Abdullah has for them in building and advancing the country.

She added that every positive example of female role models spreads much-needed hope, particularly to our nation’s youth.

“An ambitious, educated, capable woman can be a game changer. And that is what I see in all of you,” Her Majesty concluded.

During the meeting, the Queen heard from President of the Ma’an Women’s Union, Adla Tweisi, who thanked Her Majesty for her efforts to empower women in Ma’an and across Jordan, and President of Al Anwar Charity Association for Women, Lana Krishan, who expressed her appreciation for the Queen’s work advancing education.

Social activist, Maha Odat, also thanked the Queen for understanding women’s concerns and challenges, describing Her Majesty as “a role model for Jordanian women from all walks of life.”

During her visit, Queen Rania also stopped by the Ma’an Zaha Cultural Center, which was established inside the Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II Cultural Center in 2015 as part of a Royal initiative. The center’s coordinator, Ziad Shammari, briefed Her Majesty on the center’s various programs and activities during a tour of the center’s children’s hall, training room, pottery-making room, and computer lab.

The Queen was introduced to the center’s young robotics team, who shared the story of their success in an international robotics competition in the United Kingdom last year.  The Zaha Ma’an Robotics team was awarded “Best Team” and “Best Instructor” at the First Lego League International Championship in Bath in 2017, coming in first from among 93 teams from 40 countries.

Her Majesty also met several children at the center who have benefited from its training programs, learning to develop gaming applications and create ceramics.