Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is starting the year off with an inspiring dose of advocacy! While speaking to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Jan. 23, the royal made an inspiring case for the vital importance of gender equality in today’s society.
Stunning in a sixties-inspired grey collard Prada dress (which she’s donned a few times in the past), the 45-year-old took to the podium to express her concern over gender-based violence. Not only was it a heartwarming message for the Council, but it was also a call to action for anyone listening to look out for their fellow women.
“Human rights are the basic rights and freedom that belong to every person in the world from birth until death,” she told the crowd with great emotion. “They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. As a nation, we have seen first-hand that gender equality is a prerequisite for economic growth, welfare, social cohesion and the freedom and opportunities of the individual.”
The Danish royal continued: “Although much has been achieved, we also recognize that we have much to achieve. Violence against women is one of the strongest manifestations of gender inequality and is one of the areas which the Council of Europe has raised the bar.”
This is a message that is near and dear to the royal’s heart, having made it her mission in her career to fight for women’s rights through working with the World Health Organization and the United Nations. The mother of four, who had two daughters of her own, finished her message with a plea for everyone to contribute to a world that is “more equal, fair and one that holds a sustainable and brighter future for us all.”
Princess Mary is bound to have a fruitful year fighting tirelessly for the causes she believes in. Being a patron of more than 25 different organizations, this is one royal who has her eye on the betterment of her people and of the world.