Princess Ameerah, Panelist at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Princess Ameerah: “Not being able to drive hasn't stopped us women from advancing”
HH Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, Secretary General and Vice Chairwoman of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations that is chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, participated in a panel titled “Communication by Design: Inspirational Change Agents” that was moderated by Piers Morgan in New York, and was aired on Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN.
Princess Ameerah commented: “The strongest form of empowering women in the region and specifically in Saudi Arabia is economic independence. Not being able to drive hasn't stopped us women from advancing, 121 billion Saudi riyals worth of real state are owned by Saudi Women.” Her Highness added: “Through Opt4Unity, we have the idea of a Food University .The average age of a farmer is 60, and we have 2 billion people coming in the next 3 decades, how are we going to feed them? 60% of crops are stuck in Africa and are unused. We want to bring technology and agriculture together and make farming cool again, where young people come back again to the field.”
The panel session focused on the role of public figures, such as celebrities and dignitaries, in taking action on issues that impact the world over, helping to raise awareness of intractable global challenges and communicate their complexity to a variety of audiences. Yet, by lending their voices and leveraging their resources, these talented advocates can serve an even more powerful function: showcasing solutions that can solve these problems. In this session, public figures will discuss opportunity and obligation, and will explain the many unique and innovative ways that they are using their recognition to mobilize communities to actively participate in addressing our shared challenges.
The panelists included, Deepak Chopra, Founder of The Chopra Foundation; Founder and Chairman of the Board at The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and General Wesley Clark, Chairman and CEO, Wesley K. Clark & Associates.
Furthermore, during Princess Ameerah's visit to New York and Paris, she was interviewed by the following:
1. Christiane Amanpour on CNN,
2. Lee Hawkins from The Wall Street Journal,
3. Rahim Kanani from Forbes
4. Caroline Preston from Chronicle Of Philanthropy.
5. Laureate International University.
6. Jim Bitterman, CNN NEWS in Paris
As Vice-Chairwoman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation in Saudi Arabia and Global, Princess Ameerah supports a wide range of humanitarian interests in both Saudi Arabia and around the world. The Foundation is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting programs and projects aimed at poverty alleviation, disaster relief, interfaith dialogue and, perhaps most importantly at this time in our history, women’s empowerment.
Princess Ameerah, wife of Prince Alwaleed travels extensively on behalf of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations in an effort to better understand the most pressing challenges facing our world. In visiting NGO’s and other aid and development organizations, she aims to improve and promote the image of Saudi women as she represents the Foundations, implementing projects and conducting field service trips.
Abroad, the Princess has inaugurated the “Alwaleed Bin Talal Village” orphanage in Burkina Faso and traveled to Pakistan to provide aid and relief to the country’s flood victims. Together with HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Ameerah also formally opened the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she accepted from Prince Philip an 800th Anniversary Medal for Outstanding Philanthropy. She also spearheaded a relief mission to Somalia, where she and her husband, Prince Alwaleed oversaw the distribution of Foundations sponsored aid. Recently, HE President François Hollande, French President, Prince Alwaleed and Princess Ameerah inaugurated the new Department of Islamic Art at the Musée du Louvre in Paris to which Alwaleed Foundation donated US$20 million in 2005.
Princess Ameerah has spoken out publicly in the US on NBC’s Today, CNN International and NPR, as well as in Time magazine and Foreign Policy Magazine in support of both women’s right to drive in her country of Saudi Arabia and the broader issue of women’s overall empowerment to contribute fully in Saudi society. Noted for her forward thinking and compassionate and nuanced approach to revolution in the Middle East, she has been featured in Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post and was interviewed by Piers Morgan. She spoke in a special session at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative, entitled, Voices for Change in the Middle East & North Africa, in which she discussed her views on the current movements for change in the region with President Clinton. Her self-described approach to reform is one of “evolution not revolution” and it is this positive and determined perspective that defines her view of the future of her country. Princess Ameerah was also interviewed by Charlie Rose on Bloomberg to speak about her work for equal rights and women empowerment in Saudi Arabia through Alwaleed Foundations.