On the second day of the visit to New York, The Countess of Wessex (in the morning) attended a Breakfast Meeting on women, peace and security at the Residence of the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce) in New York City.
Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt): “When women participate in conflict resolution it’s 50% more likely to succeed. Delighted to start #CSW63 by co-hosting UNSC members & NGOs with HRH The Countess of Wessex for a discussion on support for women peacebuilders.”
HRH and Lord Ahmad met with activists, UN experts and fellow UN Security Council members for a discussion on supporting women building peace at the grassroots level. Her Royal Highness later attended a Conference on peace, security and human rights at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
UK at the UN (@UKUN_NewYork): “as HRH The Countess of Wessex listens to the experiences of women who defend human rights in Colombia, Yemen & Chechnya, the consensus at CSW63 was that the international community must redouble efforts to create a safe space for Women Human Rights Defenders.”
At the President of the General Assembly’s ‘Women in Power’ event, The Countess gave a speech on the challenges facing women’s participation and leadership, the role and responsibility of the UN & the Women, Peace and Security Agenda initiative, to help give women a voice. In her speech HRH said:
As I suggested to an all-male board on a recent trip, if all the seats at the table are full, you just need to pull up an extra chair.
This is my first visit to CSW and my first opportunity to see the UN in action on these issues. It has made me even more determined to use my position to break down the silence around sexual violence, and I will champion women’s full and meaningful participation in peace processes, as part of my wider support for implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Gillian Bird (@AustraliaUN): “@KellyODwyer gets a chance at #CSW63 to congratulate HRH The Countess of Wessex on a fantastic statement on #genderequality and talk to her about women’s economic security and #WESStatement.”
The Countess of Wessex afterwards attended a Roundtable Discussion on the “Future of Women’s Leadership” at the UN Headquarters.
Her Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Lunch with the Baroness Hodgson of Abinger (Co-Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security) at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City.
The Countess of Wessex later attended a Meeting with the Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation at the United Nations Headquarters. The Countess met survivors, advocates and UN representatives to learn more about what is being done across the world to support women.
The Countess attended a panel discussion with Tatiana Mukanire from the Mukwege Foundation. “Survivors’ voices need to be at the heart of the global effort to end sexual violence in conflict.”
Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt): “The UK is committed to putting survivors of conflict-related sexual violence at the heart of our policy. Honoured to attend @MukwegeFound and Belgium event alongside HRH The Countess of Wessex to discuss a holistic approach to supporting survivors.”
In the evening, The Countess attended a Commonwealth Day Reception to mark the 70th anniversary of modern Commonwealth. At the reception, The Countess spoke of having “huge pride in being a part of this incredible family of nations.”
As you all know, the Commonwealth is something that is close to the hearts of all members of the Royal Family. We take huge pride in being a part of this incredible family of nations headed by Her Majesty The Queen, who has been stalwart in her leadership, taking a close personal interest for many years and instilling the whole family with the same respect and interest she has shown throughout her reign.
Therefore I am delighted to be with you to celebrate such a special day.
Read The Countess’ full speech at the Commonwealth Day Reception at the Office of the Commonwealth here.
At the reception, The Countess also reaffirmed her commitment to champion women’s full and meaningful participation in peace processes.
The Countess of Wessex later departed from John F Kennedy International Airport, New York City, for the United Kingdom.
The Countess’ visit to New York followed on from pledging support on IWD19 to further the UK efforts on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS) and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).
Royal family’s coverage can be found here. I’m afraid HRH’s visit wasn’t covered at all by media. The coverage by Royal family is also very limited.
Outfit – not that important.