Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited Myanmar on January 10-12 together with Minister for Development Cooperation Rasmus Helveg Petersen and Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther, told Embassy of Denmark in Bangkok.
During the first day the Crown Princess took the lead in a talk on subjects like birth control and family planning with young Burmese mothers, HIV positives and sex workers. The conversation took place in a health care centre in Yangon, which is supported by Danish Development assistance.
Crown Princess Mary is already known for her efforts in the fight for women’s rights, which is an important topic to put focus on, said Helveg Petersen.
“The visit brings into focus the difficult and often tabood agenda to secure poor and vulnerable women’s right to control their own body” he added.
Rasmus Helveg Petersen also had the opportunity to announce a new grant of 85 millions Danish kroner to the international work of Marie Stopes International, which is the organisation behind the health care centre in Yangon. The money is targeted the work to prevent unwanted pregnancies, sexual transferred diseases and deaths related to giving birth.
For more information about the visit, please follow the link to the Danish Embassy’s website, here.