Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has concluded her three-day trip to Nuuk, Greenland, for her work with The Mary Foundation. Greenland is an autonomous country within the Danish Realm.
Her Royal Highness opened and participated in the conference entitled, “Domestic Violence – A Shared Responsibility” yesterday. Close to 62% of women in Greenland have been subjected to some sort of violence during their lives. There will be over 170 professionals, including police and staff from shelters and family centres, from throughout Greenland that will speak about domestic violence and what can be done to stop it. Yesterday evening, she attended a reception after the conference and met with those who have previously been abused.
The Mary Foundation said in a press release, “The goal of the conference is to focus on the violence, to strengthen the interdisciplinary cooperation and to the many professionals’ suggestions on how a coordinated effort in the area to look.”
In her passionate speech about domestic violence to open the conference, Mary said, “It is essential that we talk about violence as it becomes more real. It comes closer. The look us in the eye, so we can not ignore it. It can be scary for what to do and what can be done – but it is necessary. Only when we see it hard in the eye and acknowledge it, we can begin to do something about it.”
She further added, “Violence against women is one of the greatest crimes against human rights in the world today. One in three women globally have been subjected to physical or sexual violence – mostly from their partner. Violence does not discriminate, it affects all walks of life, in all cultures and in all parts of the world…Women and men, girls and boys should know their rights and recognise and say no to violence when they experience it – whether they are witnesses, abused or abusers.”
She went on to explain that in the last year, the United Nations seventeen Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by 193 countries. Objective 5 of the goals set forth by the UN is about making sure that there is gender equality and empower women and girls from all around the world. To achieve this, the UN has dedicated itself to stopping violence against women and girls. The 193 countries that adopted these goals have committed themselves to ensuring that they reach the 17 goals by 2030 because, as the Crown Princess said, “Not only because it is the right thing to do, but because a sustainable and better future depends on it.”
The Crown Princess also visited other projects by the Mary Foundation while in Greenland and held a series of meetings with Greenlandic partners of the foundation. Her foundation is currently involved in three different projects, which are in cooperation with Greenlandic stakeholders: Kattunneq, Kammagiitta – Free of Bullying and Backpacks for children in shelters.
Her Royal Highness visited an integrated daycare, Sikkersoq, on Monday, 29 August. The children there demonstrated to the Crown Princess how they integrate the programme, Kammagiitta – Free of Bullying, in their everyday life. According to the press release, 27% of young people have seen or heard their mother being exposed to violence within the past year and 16% of mothers of children 0-14 years in Greenland have been subjected to physical violence from their partner. More, 7% have witnessed violence against their father, and 10% of young people have witnessed violence against their siblings.
She also met with the Department of Family, Gender Equality, Social Affairs and Justice and visited a shelter in Nuuk where she was able to speak with the employees and residents. That evening she was at a dinner at the House of Hans Egede.
The Danish Monarchy said on Instagram that Her Royal Highness was able to experience the beauty of Greenland last night on a short cruise. Her Royal Highness has now returned home to Denmark after a successful three-day trip to the island country.