Queen Rania of Jordan delivers powerful speech at maternal health summit in Toronto

Queen Rania of Jordan paid a royal visit to Toronto this week to take part in a maternal health summit hosted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The beloved Queen consort of King Abdullah II was in town to help shed light on the causes that are most dear to her – the education of Jordan’s children and improving maternal and child healthcare around the world.

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The 43-year-old monarch looked elegant in a billowy, white shirt and a leather pencil skirt as she smiled approvingly during the signing of a letter of intent, which promises Canada will help support education in the Middle Eastern kingdom.

Rania also delivered a powerful speech during the three-day, “Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arms Reach” summit, while Mr. Harper and his wife, Laureen, looked on.

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"Every minute and a half, a woman dies from complications of pregnancy or child-birth,” the Queen told the audience. “Every day, 18,000 children under five die from causes we can prevent and every year, 2.9 million newborns die. That’s a little more than the population here in Toronto. An additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn. Another Toronto.”

She continued: "These figures are more than a source of discontent; they are an outrage, an injustice and they have no place in our common humanity.”

"So thank you to Prime Minister Harper and the Canadian government for being discontented with the status quo."

As one of the most-photographed women in the world, Queen Rania has been praised for her effortless style and has been named one of the world’s most beautiful women, but it’s her commitment to her charitable work that’s left the biggest impression on her legions of fans.

The mother-of-four is an avid advocate for women’s rights and is celebrated for her extensive work with youth organizations, as well as for championing tolerance and acceptance around the world.

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