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Friday 24 August 2018

HRH Princess Lalla Meryem's Birthday, an Opportunity to Celebrate an Unwavering Commitment to Women & Children

HRH Princess Lalla Meryem's Birthday, an Opportunity to Celebrate an Unwavering Commitment to Women & Children

The celebration of the birthday of HRH Princess Lalla Meryem is an appropriate opportunity to highlight Her Royal Highness's strong and unwavering commitment to the emancipation of Moroccan women and the development of children.

This happy event, celebrated on August 26 of each year, underscores the nobility of the actions relentlessly carried out by HRH Princess Lalla Meryem in order to ensure the preservation of women's achievements, while defending the interests of children in Morocco, especially those in difficult situations.

Concerned about the future of Moroccan women, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, Chairwoman of the National Union of Moroccan Women (UNFM), presided over a ceremony in Marrakech last March to mark the celebration of International Women's Day.

On this occasion, Her Royal Highness was appointed "Goodwill Ambassador" of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to act in such important areas as the empowerment of women and the promotion of family values.

The celebration of International Women's Day was marked by the signing, during a ceremony chaired by HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, of two agreements between, on the one hand, the National Union of Moroccan Women and, on the other hand, the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI).

In fact, Her Royal Highness has been involved for several years in the fight for the promotion of the conditions of women and children, in her capacity as Chairwoman of the National Union of Moroccan Women and the National Observatory for Children's Rights (ONDE).

In this context, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem chaired, last February at the Mohammed V National Theatre in Rabat, the closing ceremony of the meeting organized by these two institutions under the theme: "Women and children in precarious situations".

A month earlier, Her Royal Highness presided over at the Zerktouni Health Centre - Childbirth Unit in Marrakech the child immunization operation and the ceremony to present the results of 30 years of action in support of children's right to immunization.

Thanks to the high solicitude of HM King Mohammed VI, and the effective involvement of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, Morocco celebrated in 2018 its 30 years of implementation of the national immunization program under the slogan "30 years in the service of the child's right to immunization".

In addition, on 3 December 2017, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem chaired at the Mohammed V National Theatre in Rabat the inauguration ceremony of the Diplomatic Circle Charity Bazaar, under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

In November 2017, Her Royal Highness, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, took part in Paris at the ceremony to pay tribute to Irina Bokova, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at the end of her term at the head of this organization.

In October of the same year, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem represented HM King Mohammed VI at the Leaders' Forum of the 39th session of UNESCO's General Conference, held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

HRH Princess Lalla Meryem's ongoing commitment to the cause of women and children does not end there. Her Royal Highness is also Chairwoman of the Children's Parliament, the Moroccan Association for UNICEF support and the Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans residing abroad.

Her Royal Highness is also honorary president of several associations acting for the welfare of children.

In 2010, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, in her capacity as Chairwoman of the UNFM, received the "Women World Leaders" prize, an international distinction awarded by the eponymous association.

In recognition of her efforts, Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem was also awarded the "Mediterranean for Children" prize in 2011. This distinction was given to Her Royal Highness by the Mediterranean Foundation for Peace, in recognition of all her works and actions in favor of the protection of children's rights.

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