Special Reports » Revealed: The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2016

Rana Dajani
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    Culture and society

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    Scientist, activist

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Rana Dajani

Social innovator Rana Dajani’s main job may be a molecular genetics associate professor at the Hashemite University in Zarqa, but it is her bold literacy programme We Love Reading that most inspires. The founder and director of the initiative aims to create a library in every neighbourhood in Jordan, in order to foster a love of reading among Jordanian children. Her work on this front began in 2006 at a community mosque where Dajani held weekly storytelling session with children aged four to 10. The programme has spread to 24 countries worldwide, and has indirectly impacted 50,000 people.