Day 1. Official visit to Burkina Faso

Wednesday, April 27th

Crown Princess Mary is on a official visit to Burkina Faso from April 27-28th. She is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen. The visit focuses on girls and women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. 1

This trip to the western part of Africa, more specific Burkina Faso, was actually scheduled to take place in January earlier this year, but because of a terrorist attack in the capital city Ouagadougou, it was decided to postpone the Crown Princess visit. Then suddenly I find out that she is on her way to Burkina Faso and is already landed, when I first hear about the visit. The Crown Princess arrived yesterday in Burkina Faso, to stay there for two days along with by Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Kristian Jensen. The two of them have on several occasions worked together and been on foreign visits like this which focuses girls' and women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as gender inequality and Denmark's development do to aid efforts in the country. 

Before the departure from Denmark, Kristian Jensen have expressed how pleased he is for the Crown Princess commitment to make a difference. As one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is supported by Denmark providing access to among others information about connected to giving birthday and pregnancies such as handling issues like gender equality and violence against women. Denmark's support to Burkinabe families goes back to 1973, here.

While her husband was visiting Danish troops in Iraq, she met with women at a local health center in Korsimoro, who had come there for a consultation. With her was Kristian Jensen. The visit to Korsimoro was then followed by a visit to a nearby Kamsé village. The two foreign guests were warmly welcomed and received four chickens and a goat as gifts on behalf of their visit. 

After a quick change of clothes, the two traveling companions attended a meeting with Burkina Fasos President, which took place at the presidential palace in Ouagadougou. The Crown Princess also met a young mother at 15, living in Ouagadougou with her two month old daughter. With help from her grandparents, she manages to go to school. It was simply wonderful to watch the meeting between the two of them - the Crown Princess, the young mother and her daughter. I think a meeting like this is why she find it so important fighting for better and equal opportunities for women and girls around the world. In the evening, the Crown Princess and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended an official dinner on behalf of their visit to Burkina Faso.

Sunglasses: Prada
Necklace: Orit Elhanati The Abyss Necklace
Ballet flats: Rêve Flat Suede Loafers in Gray
Dress: Julie Fagerholt Heartmade Hornsea Dress
Ballet flats: Ganni Kimberly Denim Flats

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