Princess Mary in Washington, DC for Women’s Conference
Crown Princess Mary was in Washington, D.C. last week, attending the Second World Conference of Women’s Shelters. The Crown Princess was in attendance in conjunction with her work with The Mary Foundation.
Her visit began on February 27th, when she presented a donation of $USD2.3million to the Inter-American Development Bank’s Gender and Diversity Multi-Donor Fund on behalf of the Danish Government, taking place at the IDB headquarters. Princess Mary was greeted by the IDB President, Luis Alberto Moreno, before the group – including the Danish Ambassador the United States, Peter Taksøe-Jensen – went inside, where the Ambassador signed over the donation in a Contribution Letter.
The IDB is the largest source of funding for development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and aims to create development in a “sustainable, climate-friendly way” while reducing poverty and inequality.
That night, Princess Mary headed over to the National Harbour in Maryland to give the opening speech at the World Conference of Women’s Shelters. Beginning her speech with a poem by Finnish poet Märta Tikkanen, the Crown Princess discussed The Mary Foundation’s work with domestic violence in Denmark and how the focus should not be placed so much on why women choose to stay in violent relationships, but understanding the reasons they do so and assisting them to achieve a violence-free life.
Then on February 28th, the Crown Princess attended the ‘Financially Empowering Victims of Domestic Violence’ workshop hosted by The Mary Foundation as part of the conference – over 100 workshops were held during the conference. According to Danish news reports, The Mary Foundation workshop was one of the most sought after at the conference, and attendance was fully booked out.
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