Yusra Mardini Is One of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World

Yusra Mardini & Queen Rania Yusra at the Global Goals Dinner in NY (September 20, 2016). FOR USE ONLY IN 25 WOMEN FEATURE

Yusra Mardini & Queen Rania
Yusra at the Global Goals Dinner in NY (September 20, 2016).

For a Syrian like 18-year-old Yusra MardiniQueen Rania is a beacon of hope, as the royal fights to help refugees.

“A lot of women in the Arabic world don’t have the courage to share their stories, and don’t have a voice,” the Olympic swimmer tells PEOPLE from her new home in Berlin, Germany. “She is the opposite of that, showing that women can be successful. She is an inspiration — keep going!”

Yusra Mardini Is One of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World: ‘Yes, We Are Refugees, But We Can Do Anything’

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