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ALEPPO, SYRIA - FEBRUARY 9:  Asmaa al-Assad, wife of the Syrian President attends the first national childhood conference, February 9, 2004 in Aleppo in the north of Syria. In attending the gathering, the first lady is breaking with tradition for the wife of the president to take role in public life.  (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - FEBRUARY 9:  Asmaa al-Assad, wife of the Syrian President attends the first national childhood conference, February 9, 2004 in Aleppo in the north of Syria. In attending the gathering, the first lady is breaking with tradition for the wife of the president to take role in public life.  (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

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