In 2001, Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad set out to undertake gender reform. Her predecessor Anisa Makhlouf never appeared in national ceremonies, nor accompanied her husband on his diplomatic visits. To many Syrians, Makhlouf played the role of a muted, dutiful wife who stayed at home to support her family and husband.
Her fall started with her Vogue interview of 2011, in which she came across as the wife of an Arab dictator who might be in troubleDr. Halla Diyab