Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan has long been an advocate of refugees, children's rights, and women's empowerment. So, when her majesty was honored with a Humanitarian award at the 2017 Fashion for Relief charity gala in Cannes, we were not surprised.
The gala was organized in support of Every Last Child Campaign — part of the Save The Children initiative which took place in Jordan this year. It aims to provide a healthy start to all the children who have been displaced through war, poverty or discrimination, by giving them heath, education, protection and disaster relief.
Queen Rania took to Twitter to express her gratitude for the award.
Humbled to receive a humanitarian award from Fashion for Relief, which is supporting Save the Children’s Every Last Child Campaign this year pic.twitter.com/cp2ZB2IeNc— Rania Al Abdullah (@QueenRania) May 22, 2017
While accepting the award on stage, Her Majesty made some startling revelations about the Syrian refugee crisis. She said that her country members are "on the frontlines" and that "one in seven amongst us is a refugee."
According to a report on the Petra government website, "With about 90 percent of refugees residing within host communities across Jordan, there has been an immense strain on the country's public resources, infrastructure, and social services."
However, there is still hope as the Queen reminds everyone, "amid tragedy and loss, we see passionate people working together to deliver solutions."
Fashion For Relief is an annual event that always happens in Cannes and has been founded by iconic model Naomi Campbell—who's also the spokeswoman of the event. This year's event was attended by almost 500 guests with Queen Rania proudly representing her country.