Queen Consort Camilla invited Queen Rania of Jordan and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark to visit her in London for a good cause.
Camilla hosted a reception for the two royals at Clarence House on Monday in the lead up to another reception taking place at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to kickoff the United Nations’s “16 Days of Activism” campaign. According to a press release on the UN Women website, this event coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership is meant to be “used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.” The campaign began on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs through December 10, which is Human Rights Day.
During the United Nations reception on Tuesday, Queen Consort Camilla is expected to address why she has made advocating for victims of rape, domestic violence, and sexual abuse a central priority in so much of her charitable work. In October, her first solo engagement after taking on the title of Queen Consort was to visit the maternity unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, which Buckingham Palace described as a “key hub” for women experiencing domestic abuse.
And back in June, Camilla also spoke out about the need to combat gender-based violence globally during a speech delivered at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda. “The figures are shocking. Globally, nearly 1 in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime,” she began. “In times of crisis, the numbers rise, as they have, dramatically, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Across the Commonwealth, calls to domestic violence helplines have increased by up to 500% over the past two years. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all know someone who has endured sexual or domestic abuse. We can, therefore, all be part of combatting these heinous acts.” The royal continued, “In the strength of our unity, we, the women and men of the Commonwealth, stand with victims and survivors, who, despite the temptation to hide away in silence, speak up so that others know they aren’t alone – whether in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific or the Caribbean and Americas. In so doing, we have the opportunity to end gender-based violence and those laws and practices that discriminate against women. And each one of us must take personal responsibility not to let this opportunity be lost.”
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