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H.E Dr. Mariem Mohamed Fadel Dah

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Her Excellency Dr. Mariem Mohamed Fadel Dah is the First Lady of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and a dental surgeon who is breaking glass ceilings on crucial issues on women's right in her region.

H.E Dr Mariem exhibits courage in addressing critical issues related to women’s rights and educational inclusion for children with special needs. Through her participation on various platforms, she advocates for improved representation of women in decision-making positions and stresses the need for an open dialogue on domestic violence and early marriage which is seen as taboo discussion in her society. Additionally, her active involvement in projects like the SWEDD initiative and the establishment of the Zayed Center underscores her commitment to enhancing the welfare and support for children with disabilities. Madam Mariem’s dedication extends to educational reforms through the national strategic plan, aiming to elevate the level of schooling for Mauritanian children by 10 to 30% by 2024