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Lalla Meryem’s birthday: A constant and multifaceted action in favor of women and children

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Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem is celebrating her birthday on Thursday August 26, the opportunity to reconsider her strong commitment to women and children.

The Royal Family along with the Moroccan people celebrate, Thursday, the birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, who has always shown a constant and multifaceted commitment in favor of Moroccan women’s empowerment and the defense of the rights of the child.This happy event, celebrated on August 26 of each year, thus offers Moroccans the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional actions carried out by Her Royal Highness in favor of the preservation of the achievements of women and promoting the well-being of children, especially those in difficult circumstances.

From an early age, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem has held many positions in the social field, including that of President of the social works of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), a post to which Her Royal Highness was appointed in 1981 by the late HM King Hassan II.

HRH Princess Lalla Meryem also chairs the Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans Residing Abroad (MRE), the National Union of Moroccan Women (UNFM), the National Child Rights Observatory (ONDE), and the Moroccan association supporting Unicef. She is also honorary president of several associations working for the benefit of children.

The exceptional career of Her Royal Highness has always been highly praised by the national and international press and has earned her the recognition of many heads of institutions acting in favor of children’s rights. Thus, in July 2001, the Director General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, named Princess Lalla Meryem the Goodwill Ambassador of this UN organization, in recognition of her tireless action in favor of the cause of children and respect for their rights in the world.

During an official visit to Lebanon during the same year, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem was decorated by the Lebanese President, Emile Lahoud, with the Wissam of the Grand Cordon of National Merit and received the gold medal from the Hariri Foundation, distinction that the institution awards to renowned personalities in different fields.

Likewise, Her Royal Highness received in May 2010 the “Women World Leaders” Prize, an international distinction awarded by the “Women World Leaders” association to HRH Princess Lalla Meryem in her capacity as President of the UNFM. This Prize, which puts the Kingdom of Morocco in the spotlight, was presented to HRH the Princess in recognition of her remarkable action, her keen sense of solidarity and her permanent mobilization to strengthen the status of Moroccan women, those of the Arab world, and the African continent so that they get involved in strengthening development, harmony and access to progress.

President of the UNFM, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem chaired, on March 08, 2020, at the Bahia Palace in Marrakech, the celebration ceremony of International Women’s Day, marked by the signing of the state of commitment relating to the Marrakech Declaration 2020, whose stakeholders have provided for the establishment of a Monitoring Council for the implementation of the said Declaration which will act, among other things, on the mechanisms for supporting victims and the fight against stereotypes about women, conveyed in the public media.

On December 07, 2019, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem chaired, at the Mohammed V National Theater in Rabat, the inauguration ceremony of the International Charity Bazaar of the Diplomatic Circle.

On December 6, 2019, HRH the Princess presided at the Lalla Soukaina mosque in Rabat, a religious vigil in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the disappearance of the late His Majesty Hassan II, may God have his soul in His Holy Mercy.

HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, President of the National Observatory for the Rights of the Child (ONDE), chaired on November 23, 2019 in Marrakech, the closing ceremony of the 16th edition of the National Congress on the Rights of the Child, which coincided with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN). This ceremony, marked by the signing of a commitment to the National Pact for Children by 2030, was also punctuated by the on-screen presentation of the “The United Nations Champion Generation Unlimited” Prize, subsequently awarded to SAR Princess Lalla Meryem by the UN.

In November 2019, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem chaired in Rabat a dinner hosted by His Majesty King Mohammed VI in honor of Mrs. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the American President, Donald Trump, whose visit to the Kingdom focused mainly on the promotion of the Global Women’s Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), aimed at supporting the economic empowerment of 50 million women by 2025.

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