Princess Mary's speech calls for more women in leadership roles

Sarah Carty
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Princess Mary has delivered a passionate speech at the UN Women's Generation Equality Forum, calling for gender stereotypes to be challenged.

The 49-year-old Australian-born princess appeared on a Zoom meeting from Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen for the event being held virtually in Mexico, where she looked radiant in a light grey blouse and perfectly blown-out hair.

Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark meet the Silent Fusion Kitschen at the Scandic Emporio Hamburg on th e23 th Floor on May 19, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.
Princess Mary has called for more women in leadership roles. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Mary, who is Honorary Advocate for The Leaders for Generation Equality campaign , spoke about how important early intervention is to ensure greater diversity amongst world leaders and women in leadership roles.

"Now, we already know many of those barriers and the measures to overcome them and as we have such limited time for this panel discussion, I am going to focus on a single area, early intervention," Mary said in a clip from the speech.

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"Stereotypical notions of what men and women can do start manifesting themselves in early childhood.

Princess Mary on a zoom call
Princess Mary, who is Honorary Advocate for The Leaders for Generation Equality campaign , spoke about how important early intervention is to ensure greater diversity amongst world leaders and women in leadership roles. Photo: Instagram/detdanskekongehus

"Women and girls' equal and substantive participation must be ensured from the earliest stages in life and access to quality education and the transformation of gender norms and challenging stereotypes are absolutely essential.

"When girls are educated they can make informed decisions and choices from a broader range of possibilities and the knowledge and skills gained enable them to compete in the labour market and make decisions about their own lives and ultimately pursue leadership positions and thereby, contribute to their communities and countries as leaders."

Her appearance comes after it was announced the Danish royal family will celebrate Princess Mary’s son, Prince Christian’s, confirmation on May 15th.

The 15-year-old’s confirmation was delayed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prince Christian was also diagnosed with the coronavirus in December, just before Christmas.

Princess Mary on a zoom call with the UN Women's Generation Equality Forum
Princess Mary delivered a passionate speech at the UN Women's Generation Equality Forum, calling for gender stereotypes to be challenged. Photo: Instagram/detdanskekongehus

“The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were informed yesterday, Sunday 6 December 2020, of a local outbreak of COVID-19 at Tranegård School in Hellerup,” palace spokeswoman Lene Balleby said in a statement at the time.

“Prince Christian has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.”

The spokesperson stressed the 15-year-old had not been in contact with anyone outside of the royal family – his mother Mary, dad Prince Frederik and his three siblings Princess Isabella, 13, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, nine – who isolated as a precaution.

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