Programme for visit in Morocco
As the chairman of The Mary Foundation’s board of directors, HRH The Crown Princess, travels to Morocco from 2.–4. September to visit a number of initiatives in which the objective is to combat violence against women and improve women’s rights generally in the Middle East and North Africa (the MENA region).
In Morocco, The Crown Princess will visit organizations that have benefitted from Danish experiences in the area of crisis support for women – and, not least, The Crown Princess will meet some of the women and children who, through international cooperation, are supported in leading a life without violence.
The initiatives are carried out as a part of “The Danish Arab Partnership Programme” under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where KVINFO (the Danish Centre for Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity), as the overall programme organization, together with the NGO Danner and LOKK (National Organization of Women’s Shelters in Denmark) cooperate with women’s organizations in the MENA region in the area of violence against women. The Crown Princess’s interest in work in the MENA region came about during the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington in February 2012 after a meeting with the leading figures behind the collaborative project.
As chairman of The Mary Foundation, The Crown Princess has engaged in work to combat violence against women and children through The Mary Foundation’s various projects. Beyond this, The Crown Princess is a member of the international panel known as the High- Level Task Force for IPCD and the patron of both the UN Population Fund and Maternity Worldwide.
Monday, 2 September
Mohammed V Mausoleum
The Crown Princess views the Mohammed V Mausoleum including King Mohammed V’s and King Hassan II’s burial chambers.
Tuesday, 3 September
The Danish Embassy
The Crown Princess visits the Danish Embassy in Rabat. During the visit, The Crown Princess meets with Zhor Al Horr and Rabea Naciri, who both are engaged in work with women’s rights in Morocco.
UAF centre for women victimized by violence
The Crown Princess visits a centre for women victimized by violence started by the NGO Union de L'Action Féminine (UAF). During the visit, The Crown Princess will be introduced to UAF’s work to promote women’s rights in Morocco. UAF collaborates with the Danish organization KVINFO (the Danish Centre for Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity).
The court in Temara
The Crown Princess visits the court of first instance in Temara, a special unit under the Justice Ministry in Morocco that handles cases involving women victimized by violence. During the visit, The Crown Princess gets an opportunity to speak with a woman who has been subjected to violence.
The Danish Ambassador in Morocco, H.E. Ambassador Michael Lund Jeppesen, hosts a luncheon for The Crown Princess and the Danish organizations KVINFO, Danner and LOKK (Landsorganisationen af Kvindekrisecentre, or The National Organization of Women’s Crisis Centres).
LLDF women’s centre
The Crown Princess visits La Ligue Démocratique des Droits des Femmes (LLDF), a Moroccan women’s rights organization. The Crown Princess will be introduced to LLDF’s work and initiatives in Morocco and meet two women who have been victims of violence. LLDF is one of KVINFO’s partners in Morocco.
Wednesday, 4 September
The Crown Princess visits Association Likaa pour le Développement, an NGO focused on marginalized young women in Morocco. The Crown Princess inspects, among other things, one of Likaa’s charity shops.
Hassan II Mosque
The Crown Princess inspects the Hassan II Mosque.
Tilila women’s shelter
The Crown Princess visits Tilila, a shelter for women victimized by violence, in Casablanca. The Crown Princess gets a presentation about the shelter and its activities and afterwards will be shown around its premises and meet some of the women who live in the shelter. Tilila is one of KVINFO’s projects in the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region.