First Lady of Egypt
The Former First Lady of Egypt, Suzanne Mubarak is a social scientist who received her bachelor’s in political science for the American University of Cairo. The child of a doctor, Mubarak benefited from a middle class upbringing, which allowed her to develop her interest in education, which she has pursued in her role as first lady. As First Lady, Mubarak has taken it upon herself to advocate for the underrepresented voices in Egyptian society through the establishment of policies and initiatives, which have been directed towards the development of youth and women. Ms. Mubarak has participated in many international organizations, which have been dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities for women. In 2003, Mubarak founded the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement, which is dedicated to peace building through communication networks and creating a culture of peace. She has received numerous awards including the “Avicenna Medal,” UNESCO’s highest award for her work in Egypt, as well as the “Prize of Tolerance,” from the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. She has also received an award from the American World Book Association.