Politics

Sheikha Moza Visits Italy to Discuss Refugee Education Provisions

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Education Above All Foundation, Was Welcomed by Italian Prime Minister

June 10th, 2016
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On June 2nd, during Italy’s "Festa della Repubblica," former First Lady of Qatar Moza Bint Nasser Al Missned, mother of the Sheik of Qatar and the Chairperson of the Education Above All foundation, met with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to discuss educational projects and how to best provide quality education to refugees.

Moza Bint Nasser Al Missned, ranked by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world, became the second wife of the monarch of Qatar at 18 years old. The Sheikha is known not only for her elegant style but also for her philanthropic interests, which have led her to undertake long and difficult humanitarian missions. Thanks to her commitment to the field of education, she was elected President of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 1995. This active and energetic woman, unlike many other first ladies of the Middle East, has quickly become a high-profile figure in the national and international political landscapes. She has created a campus in Doha that hosts the most prestigious US universities and she is currently deeply involved in providing quality education to Syrian refugees. It is for this reason that she has been meeting with European leaders and heads of state, including those of Spain and the United Kingdom.

While in Italy, the Sheikha had the opportunity to meet former President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Pope Francis. In talks with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, her Highness discussed what the Italian Government is currently doing to help refugees in Italy, what efforts it is undertaking, alongside other world powers, to alleviate the suffering in Syria and how they will support further diplomatic efforts to end the conflict. Then, on June 4th she met Pope Francis to discuss the refugee crisis, praising the leadership of the Pope, who through his words and his actions, has inspired people around the world with his message of unity and friendship.

Moza bint Nasser Al Missned, in addition to her political and diplomatic role, also represents a leading figure for women and Gender Equality in Middle East. She demonstrates how women can be powerful actors in shaping the political landscape. Moreover, both her daughters also have public roles. " I am proud, said the Sheikha in an interview with Corriere della Sera, that they are making a difference and their success shows young women what you can achieve. The history of this region is full of powerful and dynamic women. My hope as a mother is that my daughters will continue to guide and inspire women in the same way ".

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Cultural Diplomacy News
Jessica Sama, CD News