Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary undertook a trip to Bangladesh from the 4-6 of April. She witnessed first-hand women’s economic empowerment when she visited the rural community of Barisal and a ready-made garment factory in Gazipur.
The Crown Princess joined the Danish Development Cooperation Minister, Ulla Tornaes. As reported by a newspaper from Bangladesh, the two saw how Denmark’s development efforts in women’s economic empowerment and capacity are building in the country.
Her Royal Highness and Minister Tornaes were accompanied on Wednesday by Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther to Barisal. They visited a rural infrastructure project that works in partnership with LGED. Denmark employs local women who are underprivileged, and they build climate resilient roads.
Later in the day, they toured a Farmer Field School supported by Denmark. This school teaches female farmers new techniques and efficient ways for managing agriculture and livestock which, in turn, allows them to earn a higher income.
The Crown Princess and her delegation spoke with the women, asking them about their daily lives, families and future goals. Crown Princess Mary was quoted as saying: “Women are critical drivers of development, and the women I have just met once again confirmed this. Despite living under the constant threat of climate change and other hardships, these strong women continue to strive for a better future for themselves and their families.”
On Thursday, the delegation visited a factory, Auko-Tex in Gazipur. The Crown Princess is a patron of UNFPA and a staunch supporter of the empowerment of women and girls.
This has been quite a busy month for Her Royal Highness. Her nephew, Prince Felix, had his confirmation at the Fredensborg Palace Church earlier this month. Before then, she was hosting King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium when they came to Denmark for a state visit.