As the chairman of The Mary Foundation’s board of directors, Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess, travels with The Mary Foundation’s director, Helle Østergaard, 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.
Published August 21, 2013