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The Mary Foundation's annual donation goes to young advocates of women's rights

In May, forces from across the globe will gather in Copenhagen for the Women Deliver global conference about girls' and women's health, rights and welfare. World leaders, academics, activists, programme organisers, decision makers, citizens and business people from all over the world will meet and discuss women's roles in sustainable global development. A grant from The Mary Foundation has enabled 13 young men and women from different parts of the world to take part.

HRH The Crown Princess together with young Women Deliver leaders at a UN Assembly in 2014.
Photo: Women Deliver

They were not able to finance travel and accommodation at the Women Deliver world conference by themselves, but with The Mary Foundation's annual donation of DKK 250,000, the dream to come to Copenhagen and be part of the international forum will become a reality for 13 passionate young people.

Recipients of the grant – 11 women and 2 men, come from Malawi, Egypt, Kenya, Cuba, Ghana, Uganda, Malaysia, Benin, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. They are all deeply involved in working on behalf of women’s health and rights in their own country and have also acted as advisers in international contexts. Sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and children and the right to education and work are areas the recipients have worked to change.

“The recipients of The Mary Foundation’s annual donation are all young people who are dedicated to creating a better future for women and girls in their home country. Young people’s voices are important; they are the next generation’s leaders and agents of change. The Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen is a unique opportunity for the grant recipients to contribute their insight and to strengthen their network, gain new knowledge and inspiration for their future work and I look forward to meeting them," says HRH the Crown Princess.

Women Deliver’s fourth global conference will be held at Bella Center on 16-19 May and is expected to become this century’s biggest conference to date on women’s rights, health and welfare.

“At the conference, we will discuss solutions to the world’s challenges. It is essential that young people are present and contribute, otherwise the solutions will never get off the ground. It is expected that 20% of the conference's participants will be under 30 years old," says Katja Iversen, the Director for Women Deliver.

H.R.H the Crown Princess is a patron for Women Deliver and will speak and attend at the conference’s opening in May.

Learn more about Women Deliver's conference in Copenhagen at www.wd2016.org.