Queen Rania takes centre stage at star-studded event to champion women's rights


A leading fashion designer, the US Secretary of State, a multi-Oscar-winning actress and real life royalty.

At the weekend, a host of powerful ladies including Queen Rania of Jordan, Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep and Diane Von Furstenberg, came together to show their support for a conference on empowering women across the globe.

Rania brought her typical elegance and glamour to proceedings.

The compassionate mum-of-four – married to the Jordanian king, Abdullah bin Al-Hussein – looked beautiful as she took centre stage during one section of the conference.

In an interview conducted in front of the star-studded audience with American journalist Katie Couric, the brunette beauty, who has two daughters, addressed the importance of education for young girls.

"When a girl goes to high school, she's equipped, empowered and inspired to break the cycle of poverty that shackles her to hopelessness," she said.

"And when you break the cycle of poverty, you spark a cycle of prosperity. You raise nations."

Among those listening were Barbara Walters, Donna Karan, Cherie Blair and Hillary, who opened the New York summit on Friday with the help of her daughter, newly-engaged Chelsea.

She introduced a special one-night reading of documentary play, Seven – based on the inspiring personal stories of women from across the world – in which iconic actress Meryl performed.

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