Crown Princess Mary International Women's Day 2021


On occasion of the International Women’s Day, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary recorded a video greeting for The Danish Center for Research on Women and Gender (KVINFO) online event.

KVINFO is a center that primarily aims to provide the general public with information about the results of women’s studies and gender research undertaken in Denmark and internationally.

The Women’s International Day of Struggle (Danish: Kvindernes Internationale Kampdag) was established in Copenhagen in 1910 during an international political meeting. In 1921, March 8th became the fixed date for Women’s International Day of Struggle and in 1975, the United Nations recognized March 8th as International Women’s Day.

I anledning af Kvindernes Internationale Kampdag sender Hendes Kongelige Højhed Kronprinsessen i aften en videohilsen…

Posted by Det danske kongehus on Monday, March 8, 2021

The Danish Royal Court also released a new photo of Crown Princess Mary with her youngest daughter Princess Josephine (10 years old), which was taken in August 2020.

Crown Princess Mary wrote the following message to Josephine on the Danish Royal Family’s Instagram page:

“For breakfast this morning, my youngest daughter Josephine spotted a headline saying it was International Women’s Day. She asked, “What kind of day is this?”. I thought briefly about my answer and said that for her it is a day to believe and trust that she can become and do everything she dreams of without anyone or anything stopping her… because of her being a girl.”⁣

The Crown Princess continued:

“She didn’t ask any further questions, so maybe my answer was no surprise to her. Maybe it’s something she takes for granted. But that’s not the case for many other girls around the world. And International Women’s Day has different meanings depending on where in the world you live.⁣
But no matter where you live, it is an important day where we’re not only talking about how far we have come, but also about where we have come from and where we want to go.”

Til morgenmaden i morges fik min yngste datter Josephine øje på en overskrift om, at det var Kvindernes Internationale…

Posted by Det danske kongehus on Monday, March 8, 2021

“On the occasion of the day, I attend three meetings today – unfortunately all virtually. A roundtable discussion on diversity and inclusion in leadership with UN Women and Boston Consulting Group and a meeting of UNFPA’s High Level Commission on women’s right to decide over their own bodies. Tonight I am part of KVINFO’s virtual celebration of the day.⁣

For me, equality is not about everyone being equal, but – as I said to Josephine – about gender not having a role to play when opportunities present themselves and decisions are made… or when following one’s dreams.”

Princess Josephine of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda; born 8 January 2011), is the fourth and youngest child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, and the seventh grandchild of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the late Prince Henrik. She is the twin sister of Prince Vincent. Josephine is fifth in line to the Danish throne.

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