10 Questions for Queen Rania

One of the Middle East's most recognizable ambassadors, this champion of women's rights recently helped launch a microlending campaign in her region. Jordan's Queen Rania will now take your questions

Jordan's Queen Rania.

Do you think that women will ever truly have equal rights in the Middle East?

Ben Buckmaster WABASHA, MINN.

Absolutely, I believe they will. I think that mind-sets are changing in the Middle East. Poll after poll is showing that men see the value of greater female participation and empowerment. We still have a long way to go, but Islam should not be used as a scapegoat. The obstacles that face women today are more cultural. It's not about the religion.

My daughters are being abused by other Muslim students at school for not wearing a veil. Your advice?


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