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HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal
Margarette Golding Award May 2002

Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan
Recognized for
“Her dedication to improving the quality of life of children and
the empowerment of women in Jordan through outstanding work in education, health-care and social development.”

Margarette Golding Award May 2002

The prestigious Margarette Golding Award was a recognition of the pioneering role of HRH Princess Basma in social work and dedicated efforts to enhance the status of Arab women and children.

HRH Princess Basma who received in 2001 a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Oxford University and whose thesis was entitled “Contextualising development in Jordan: the arena of donors, start and NGOs”, praised the International Inner Wheel organization’s work in the humanitarian and social voluntary service, saying that the Clubs’ initiatives in both Jordan and Egypt inspire a spirit of cooperation and solidarity and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Since the late 1970s, HRH Princess Basma has worked to promote human development, gender equity, children’s charities and health care.

Mobilizing support for women’s rights, increasing their political profile and changing societal perceptions of the role of women has remained a central part of HRH Princess Basma’s activities over the past several decades.

She is keenly involved in local and international processes that aim to advance the status of women whilst continuously bringing to the public’s attention that women are indispensable partners in the socio-economic development process in the Kingdom. From its earliest days, the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development, JOHUD chaired by HRH Princess Basma, worked closely with local women who subsequently emerged as local leaders, assuming managerial positions in JOHUD itself and with local municipalities. Princess Basma’s role as an advocate for women’s rights is well recognized in Jordan and the Arab region.

Through forums that include the United Nations HRH Princess Basma contributes to the global debates on health, education, population and the environment.