Queen Mathilde in Ethiopia: Days Three and Four

  November 12, 2015 at 1:17 pm by

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde continued her mission in Ethiopia on Wednesday November 11.

On her third day of the visit the Queen went to Kersa, a district in the East of the Oromia Region.  Along with local authorities and UNICEF volunteers, Queen Mathilde visited the Nagaya Omer Kule Health Post, a medical center. The Queen was informed about the projects held by UNICEF in the fields of health, care, nutrition.

Then Queen Mathilde visited a cultural handicraft training centre. Afterwards the Queen made a tour through the walled city of Harar accompanied by the Belgian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Didier Nagant De Deuxchaisnes.

The fourth and last day of the mission, Thursday November 12, Queen Mathilde was in Addis Ababa and visited the Gandhi Memorial Hospital. The hospital, founded in 1954, is specialised in maternal and neonatal health service. The Queen met female victims of sexual violence.

Later the Queen attended a meeting with women who suffered genital mutilation and other traditional practices. Queen Mathilde was accompanied by Dr. Bogaletch Gebre, an Ethiopian scientist and activist who founded a charitable organization that aims to protect women’s right. Dr. Gebre was awarded with the King Baudouin International Development Prize in 2013.

Queen Mathilde was also received by the Ethiopian President, Mulatu Teshome, at the Presidential Palace. During the meeting they talked about the UNICEF projects improving health status of mothers and children and the President explained all the efforts made to fight the traditional mutilation practice that affect women and to improve the condition of mothers and children.

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