Princess Mary in Washington, DC for Women’s Conference

  March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm by

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.

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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.

LINK: Read more about the Inter-American Development Bank

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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.

LINK: Crown Princess Mary’s speech at the opening of the World Conference on Women’s Shelters

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.

Click here to read more about Princess Mary’s visit to Washington, and The Mary Foundation.

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3 Responses to Princess Mary in Washington, DC for Women’s Conference

  1. natalya says:

    Very impressive step by Crown Princess Mary.

  2. Emmanuel Sant says:

    Princess Mary is a marvellous person and a great asset to the Danish Royal House. God bless her,her husband and her beautiful children

  3. Alex says:

    I think Crown Princess Mary is just wonderful. The best part is she has the freedom to pick her own charities that are close to her heart. I am glad that Queen Margrethe II recognizes that Mary is the secret weapon in their family. The Queen seems to like her very much.

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