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Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary travels to West Africa to highlight equal rights for women and children

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary is a staunch advocate for women’s sexual reproductive health and rights. She was joined by Kristian Jensen, the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs on a two-day trip to the West African country of Burkina Faso.

The pair was supposed to visit in January of this year, but were forced to reschedule after a terrorist attack on Ouagadou. Finally given clearance, Crown Princess Mary was finally able to visit and chat with local women and children who are horribly under-represented where their sexual and reproductive health and general rights are concerned. Along with expressing need for change in this issue, Denmark is also keen on showcasing gender equality and ending violence against women. Minister Jensen took to social media saying how proud he was to take part in this initiative to support equality for women and girls.

Since 1973, Denmark has worked closely with Burkina Faso in developing the country. Jensen hopes to sign a five-year aid agreement worth a billion kroner during this visit. He also met with Burkina Faso’s president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, staff of health clinics and human rights organisations.

Before the visit Jensen said: “I’m very pleased that the Crown Princess, who is deeply engaged in women’s health, and I have managed to depart for Burkina Faso. Denmark supports Burkina Faso because it is one of the world’s poorest nations in which thousands of women die in connection with pregnancy and birth every year.”

Euro Magazine featured an interview done with Her Royal Highness in which she discussed her passion for women’s rights and the need to empower women and girls. The interview revealed that Crown Princess Mary will take part in an international conference to be held in Copenhagen next month. Women Deliver will focus on the Crown Princess’s desire to create awareness, acceptance and respect for women’s reproductive rights and health in particular access to family planning and reducing maternal and child mortality during childbirth.

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