H.E. Lady Sarojini Jugnauth

Mrs Sarojini Jugnauth as First Lady plays an integral role in supporting her husband in the island nation.

She is a trained teacher and worked in that capacity until her retirement.

In 1976, she stood alongside her husband in national elections and supported him in his role as Leader of the Opposition. Prior to becoming President, Sir Anerood Jugnauth also held the office of Prime Minister  from 1982 to 1995 and again from 2000 to 2003.

The First Lady has two children and five grandchildren.


MAURITIUS Country profile

Population: 1, 288, 000

Under 5 mortality rate (per thousand): 17

Youth literacy rate: 95% (male) and 97% (female)

Population under 18: 361,000

H.E. Mrs Natalie Brigitte Nadage Michel of the Seychelles

The First Lady of the Republic of Seychelles, Mrs. Natalie Brigitte Nadège Michel, née Pothin, was born on 18th of August 1977 on the main island, Mahé, in the Republic of Seychelles. She grew up on the island of Praslin, the second largest island of the Seychelles archipelago, where she attended primary and secondary school.

Following further studies on Mahé, Mrs. Michel proceeded for specialized studies in Singapore and the UK where she studied Business Administration, Hospitality Management, Advertising and Public Relations, at diploma level.

Mrs. Michel also holds an International Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations as well as an International Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management which she obtained from the Cambridge International College. Following her studies, Mrs. Michel worked for different well known tourism establishment and travel agencies in Seychelles. Upon becoming First Lady, Mrs. Michel shifted her focus from her previous professional field to a cause close to her heart – the protection and well-being of children needing special attention, which is the raison d’être of the Children’s Homes Foundation she founded in 2006.

Under the programme ‘Children: Our raison d’être’, the Foundation provides support to children needing special attention with a special focus on children’s homes. The Foundation is responsible for the management of the largest home in Seychelles, the President’s Village, home to over 50 children. The Foundation also gives support to other children’s homes run by the Roman Catholic Diocese.

Children who are placed in homes generally have a history of abuse and neglect, which is the reason why the First Lady is a strong proponent of the healing and recovery of those children, to give them back their self confidence and dignity – a cause she advocates passionately. To assist her in her advocacy role, Mrs. Michel has recently appointed two “Children Ambassadors” to speak on behalf of their peers. She also leads a team of full time staff and an Executive Committee to assist her in her work with the Foundation.

Under the ‘Children: Our raison d’être’ programme, Mrs. Michel promotes a wide range of activities addressing different needs of children as well as programmes aimed at confidence building and character development through art, reading, clubs and other self development initiatives. It is Mrs. Michel’s strong belief that it is society’s duty to reach out and help those in need which has inspired her to create different reaching-out activities as part of her charitable work as First lady. Her reaching-out activities helps different groups in the community. She actively promotes charities for the cause of the vulnerable ones, engaging the business community to uphold their social corporate responsibility towards those in need through sponsorship of different projects.

Mrs. Michel has the support of a group of faithful and committed sponsors from the business community as well as a strong pool of volunteers helping her to better the lives of children needing special attention. One of the groups with special needs that has caught the attention of Mrs. Michel is children with autism. In her bid to bring awareness of autism and hence support to the cause, Mrs. Michel has linked up with international and local partners so as to make a difference in the lives of children with autism. She is the Patron of the Red Cross Society of Seychelles, bringing her personal support and contribution to the humanitarian activities of the RCS.

Mrs. Michel firmly believes in partnering with different groups in the community for the benefit of children. An example of this partnership is her recent collaboration with the spouses of diplomats in Seychelles, who have since launched their association, and with which she will be working on children-related projects. Mrs. Michel also works closely with different professional groups like psychologists, and others to give them support in their work with children, particularly those with special needs. Mrs. Michel is currently partnering with health professionals for different projects and programmes related to children. The First Couple of the Republic of Seychelles was married on 16th of July 2005 and they have a daughter, Laeticia.


THE SEYCHELLES Country profile

Population: 84,000

Under 5 mortality rate (per thousand): 11

Youth literacy rate: 99%

Population under 18: 43,000

The First Ladies Summit 2010

Investments in quality child care and education pay significant returns to children – our future leaders – and ensure that they become empowered and exceptional leaders of tomorrow.

First Ladies from around the world will convene in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Oct 11-13 to launch a global initiative to empower children to lead change.

The theme of the Summit is “A Child Today, A Leader Tomorrow” and it will focus attention on ways in which families, communities and governments can work together to uncover the potential in every child.

The First Ladies Summit 2010 will be a groundbreaking collaboration of more than 20 women who have the unique capacity to inspire change and channel efforts towards  improving the lives of their nation’s children, and that of their families and communities.

They will come together in the spirit of cooperation to engage in dialogue sessions on enriching the formative years, empowering children with life skills and creating enabling environments that can nurture leaders. They will identify and establish joint platforms for action in areas of formal and non-formal education, and children’s rights.

In line with the Millennium Development Goals, world leaders have promised that every child will go to school by 2015. Education can make the biggest difference between the success and failure of society. It provides the opportunity to break out of poverty and ensures better health and welfare for marginalised populations. It is expected, therefore, that education and its impact on improving lives will be discussed at length at the Summit.

Investing in quality childhood development programmes and formal education for all children will allow socio-economic integration at all levels of society. These efforts towards a sustainable world will involve participation from leaders and governments, as well as communities and families.

Here is where the First Ladies can play an enormous role. They can promote best practice and inspire their nations and its people to put in place programmes and initiatives that will allow all of its children to reap the full benefits of education and its ability to develop confident and creative individuals.

Preceding the Summit will be a meeting of senior ministers and top government officials. Their discussion sessions which will be moderated by international experts will form the basis for a draft declaration for consideration and adoption by the First Ladies.

Together, the distinguished participants of the First ladies Summit 2010 hope to set the wheels of collaboration in motion to ensure every country invests in the future of its children and boosts them into leadership roles that will change their lives and that of their community, and open the doors to a bright future for their nations.


▪ Around the world, 114 million children do not get a basic education.

▪ Globally, there are 774 million illiterate adults.

▪ 200 million children under five are seriously neglected.

▪ Every year, 11 million children die-most under the age of five and more than six million from completely preventable causes like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.

▪ Every day, 300 million children go to bed hungry. Out of this number, only eight percent are victims of famine or other emergency situations.


H.E. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor

The First Lady of Malaysia was educated at Tunku Kurshiah College, Negeri Sembilan, and then went on to pursue a B.A (Hons) in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Malaya. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah has an MSc in Sociology and Agriculture Extension from the Louisiana State University, USA.

She has worked with Bank Pertanian and Island and Peninsular Berhad, Kuala Lumpur.

Her special area of interest is children’s education, and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor initiated the Permata Negara early-childhood programme in 2007 which has seen the setting up of 500 early childhood learning facilities across the country. These schools have given pre-school children from Malaysia’s most marginalised communities a chance to enter a structured education system at the earliest possible opportunity.

To complement this programme, she has also launched the gifted children’s programme, Permata Pintar. Another programme, Permata Seni, trains talented students in the performing arts.

Malaysia’s First Lady also lend hers support to other causes and is the President of The Welfare Association of Minister’s Wives (BAKTI), Patron of the Malaysia AIDS Council, Patron for Children in Hope Foundation Malaysia and the Patron of Yayasan Pembangunan Anak Yatim/Miskin (Foundation for Orphans/Poor Children).


MALAYSIA  Country profile

Population: 27,014,337

Under 5 mortality rate (per thousand): 6

Youth literacy rate: 98% (male) and 98% (female)

Population under 18: 9,672,000