Women can help save the world economy from the global downturn, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan told the Italian Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday.
Education is the key to emancipate women, fated to "give the greatest impetus to the global economy in the history of humanity" she said in an acceptance speech for the Marisa Bellisario Prize, annually awarded to outstanding business women.
Queen Rania is in Rome with her husband, Jordan's King Abdullah for a four-day visit.
She was given the Marisa Bellisario Prize for the numerous drives aimed at improving the lives of women and children in poor countries as well as for setting up her own entrepreneurship foundation.
The Jordanian Queen pointed-out that women would be responsible for some 3.5 billion euros (about 5.3 billion U.S. dollars) of new global revenue over the next five years.
"The greater the number of women with economic power the stronger the foundations of society will be," she said. But although many women were "increasing their influence millions of others are cut off from the working world and their chances of expressing themselves are denied."
"They are condemned to living half a life," Rania explained, adding that "in the Arab world our women know this situation well."