In the afternoon of the 10th March, The Countess of Wessex departed from Heathrow Airport in London, for the New York in United States of America. Mr Alexander Stonor and Mrs Angus Galletley were in attendance.
On the next day, in the morning, The Countess of Wessex attended a Breakfast Meeting at the Residence of the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce) in New York City.
Karen Pierce became the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in March 2018. She is the first woman to be given the most prestigious post in the British diplomatic service since the UN’s formation in 1945.
A group of Stroud High School students were invited to meet with HRH The Countess of Wessex at the UK Missìon – HRH spent 40 minutes with the students and they discussed a range of complex issues relating to gender inequality. HRH generously answered some pertinent questions, posed and stated that she wished she could have had more time with them.
Her Royal Highness later attended the Opening Ceremony of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN’s Headquarters in New York City. CSW has been described as the UN organ promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The UNCSW was established in 1946 as a mechanism to promote, report on and monitor issues relating to the political, economic, civil, social and educational rights of women. It was a unique official structure for drawing attention to women’s concerns and leadership within the UN.
Later in the afternoon, The Countess of Wessex attended the United Kingdom’s Non-Governmental Organisation’s Reception given by the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.
Her Royal Highness later received Ms Esther Dingemans (Director, the Dr Mukwege Foundation) and Ms Elizabeth Bohard (Co-Director, Nadia’s Initiative) at the Residence of the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
During CSW63, HRH The Countess of Wessex met with survivors and advocates working to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war with Mukwege Foundation & Nadia’s Initiative – initiatives founded by Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad.
The Countess of Wessex afterwards received Ms Pramila Patten (United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict) at the United Nations Headquarters.
Outfit & jewellery:
New, The Brooke Dress in Apple Green w/ Pale Blue Belt, by Aross Girl.
Some dark blue blazer.