Summery of article in Billed Bladet #5, 2015.
Written by Ulrik Ulriksen.
Who have seen the interview of Mary on DR1 that are to be aired in a couple of hours.
The interviewer is Ditte Haue.
During her travels Mary meets a lot of women and girls who are in very dire straits and the visibly moves her: "That affects me a lot... you can't...".
Q: It really is hard not to be moved.
M: "Yes, it is.
It affects me a lot, but when you sit there I believe it's very important that you do not become too moved. I feel that you have to be something for the one you face and if I sit there and... of course you can have tears in your eyes... but if I sit there and I can't handle to listen to that story then I'm not there for her in that moment".
Mary's life as Crown Princess and her work has been a journey: "It has been an exciting and shocking journey I have been on and it has opened my eyes for how important a cause is".
Mary is during the TV-portrait also praised by Minister for Development, Mogens Jensen. He was the gentleman who accompanied her on her trip to South Africa.
Being involved in charity and women's rights is difficult while remaining strictly politically neutral: "Of one must look out for where one steps, because it's sensitive subjects but Denmark has a long tradition for being a strong proponent for these subjects (women's rights and sexual rights). As member of High Level Task Force it's my job to address the cause in as many contexts as possible.
I have through my protections had the opportunity to travel and meet these challenges face to face and to meet those people who face these challenges close up and I have had the opportunity to communicate and to be their voice on a different platform and on the international stage. You can say a lot of fancy words, but in the end it's their voices that speak the loudest". - And these are Mary's final words in the interview.
Ulrik Ulriksen also adds his own personal comments as journalist for Billed Bladet and he says among other things about Mary's commitment: "... Later that same year (2012) Crown Princess Mary was on a working visit to Mozambique, which in many ways became a breakthrough for the Crown Princess in the new role (as a champion for basic women's rights). In the poor African country we experienced how Mary in a warm and genuine way was fantastic at establishing contact to all.
Over the past few years Billed Bladet has been present at several major UN summits in New York as well as Malaysia and back home in Copenhagen. The Crown Princess has been strong on the rostrum but for us and everybody else made at least just a big an impression during fieldwork in countries like Morocco, Jordan, Myanmar, Tadsjikistan and latest in South Africa. In Morocco the visit to a home for domestically abused women was an important and harsh experience. In Myanmar and Jordan the Crown Princess visited refugee camps and focused in particular on the conditions of women an children. In Tadsjikistan the Crown Princess very much focused on women's education and opportunities. And just four months ago it was among other things the meetings of victims of rape at a treatment centre in Soweto in South Africa that hit Mary hard and gave her a greater insight into the issue and (gave her) more motivation to continue her work...
There were a lot of pics in connection with the article. You can find them here somewhere: https://app.box.com/s/z843yrj3ehymw9yzr0v68cdgyl2xtocx
The DR1 portrait of Mary is over.
It was a pretty strong portrait conveying Mary's thoughts, commitment and experiences in connection with her engagement for women's rights. Some of it being in English.
Mary was indeed visibly moved a couple of times.
I'm sure someone will post a link at some point.
The portrait lasted 30 minutes and hopefully it will be shown in Australia - that being more natural than in other English speaking countries.
Also, notice the progressively dressed female PET officer accompanying Mary. They were surprisingly close! Also at otherwise guarded UN conventions.
The programme I hope you can watch it: http://www.dr.dk/tv/se/mary/mary-kro...sse-med-en-sag