Princess Basma Bint Talal

Catarina Furtado

“Each woman deserves our respect. We need to listen more.”

Princess Basma’s commitment to furthering the aims of the Jordanian National Population Commission (NPC) includes her continued support for the development and implementation of the National Population Programme, including Jordan’s first National Population Strategy. Participating in the international domain, Princess Basma became a member of the Board of Trustees of the United States-based Population Council in 1996.

Since 1977, Princess Basma has served as Chairperson of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), a national non-governmental organization, that promotes sustainable development interventions within local communities through an extensive network of community development centres.

In 1992, Princess Basma initiated the formation of the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW). As the primary policy-making forum in Jordan for women’s issues and rights, the JNCW comprises senior government officials, representatives of public and private sector institutions, the women’s movements, as well as NGOs. While reviewing legislation, the JNCW has initiated amendments to a number of discriminatory laws regarding women. The JNCW aims to raise the profile of women both in national and local decision-making bodies. As Chairperson, Princess Basma worked with the JNCW to develop the first National Strategy for Women in 1993. She headed the official Jordanian delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995).

Articles and Activities

  • September 2009
    Jordan's World Population Day Celebrated Under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal

    June 2004
    Princess Basma Bint Talal was the keynote speaker at the 13th Session of the High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation.

    July 2002
    Princess Basma Bint Talal and the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development highlighted major challenges for the World Summit on Sustainable Development as: strengthening linkages between global and local action; ensuring commitment to sustainable development by all stakeholders; enhancing the understanding of biodiversity issues and linkages between biological and cultural diversity; decentralizing resource management; recognizing the ethical dimensions of sustainable development; and fully addressing poverty and the rights of marginalized people.

    11 December 2001
    Jordan's Princess Basma Bint Talal Appointed UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador

    June 1999
    Princess Basma Bint Talal spoke on Partnerships with Civil Society at the UN Commission on Population and Development resumed session of the ICPD+5 PrepCom.


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