Meet Najat Belkacem, France’s First Female Minister of Education

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem who was born in North of Morocco has had multiple positions in the French government. In August 2014 she has been named the Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research, she’s also the first woman to have this position!

She was born on 4th of October 1977 in the Rif region, close to Nador. When she was 5 years old, her mother and her older sister joined her father in Amiens, France. Najat studied Political Sciences at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris. She graduated in 2000 and joined the French social party (PS) in 2002 in Lyon. When they lived in Morocco, Najat used to take care of the sheep with her grandfather. She’s also Muslim, Belkacem once said: “I’m a believer, a Muslim by heritage in some kind of way, it’s a history of culture, traditions and my roots.” Although she has mentioned that she isn’t a practising Muslim, she still believes in God.

Her political career is very successful, she’s also been the Minister of Women’s Rights. Just because she’s not in that position anymore, doesn’t mean she stopped standing up for women. The Minister continues to stand up for minorities such as immigrants, women and people of the LGBTQ+ community, she isn’t afraid to say what she thinks.

The young politician aspires to equality and she’s well known for that! ‘The new face of France’ is what many people call her and I think they’re totally right!