'It’s completely unacceptable that women are dying in 2016 while giving birth': Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visits labour wards in West Africa to fight for women's rights.

The princess seemed eager to listen to the stories of the locals as she joined them in the hospital 

The princess seemed eager to listen to the stories of the locals as she joined them in the hospital

Princess Mary traded her usual high glamour for a more casual look as she paired a breezy paisley blouse with navy slacks and suede slippers for her engagement.

Her Royal Highness was initially due to visit the country alongside Jensen in January this year but the trip had to be postponed until April following a terror attack in Ouagadougou.

However, she was finally able to visit the country to promote the powerful message at the end of last month.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark looked happy and relaxed during a visit to Burkina Faso in West Africa

The royal was joined by Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen (pictured right holding a baby)

Jensen said that he was 'very pleased' with the princess describing her as 'deeply engaged' 

During her visit the princess visited the labour wards in local hospitals where she greeted new mothers and spoke with doctors.

Jensen said that he was proud of the princess’s efforts and was keen to get the message across.

He said: ‘I’m very pleased that the Crown Princess, who is deeply engaged in women’s health, and I have managed to depart for Burkina Faso.

The pair were originally due to visit the country in January but had to cancel the trip following a a terror attack in Ouagadougou. Pictured: Mary chats with a new mother 

Mary, who is a mother-of-four herself, seemed to be a natural with the children in the labour ward 

The royal visited the labour wards in local hospitals where she greeted new mothers and spoke with doctors

‘Denmark supports Burkina Faso because it is one of the world’s poorest nations in which thousands of women die in connection with pregnancy and birth every year.

‘It’s completely unacceptable that women are dying in 2016 while giving new life.’

The visit comes ahead of The Women Deliver 2016 Conference to be held later on this month in Denmark.

The 44-year-old traded her usual high glamour for a more casual look as she paired a breezy paisley blouse with navy slacks and suede slippers for her engagement

She visited the country ahead of The Women Deliver 2016 Conference to be held later on this month. Pictured: Mary chats with locals outside the hospital 

The Crown Princess is the official patron for the conference and so was eager to spread her message ahead of the event. Pictured: Mary shakes hands with a smiling local 

The princess was seen enjoying conversation with a group of mothers as greeted them and their children

The witty princess seemed to steal the show as she was seen laughing and joking with the women

The witty princess seemed to steal the show as she was seen laughing and joking with the women

The doting royal couldn't help but coo over the adorable babies at the event in April

The doting royal couldn’t help but coo over the adorable babies at the event in April

The conference will be held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen from 16-19 of May and will be attended by thousands of world influencers, advocates, researchers, journalists and activists.

It is the largest conference on girls and women’s health and rights and the Crown Princess will be the official patron.

The princess also acts as a patron for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Danish Maternity Foundation and is a member of the High-Level Task Force for ICPD.

The princess also acts as a patron for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Danish Maternity Foundation and is a member of the High-Level Task Force for ICPD

The princess also acts as a patron for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Danish Maternity Foundation and is a member of the High-Level Task Force for ICPD

The princess is pictured joining discussions with representatives from Burkina Faso

The princess is pictured joining discussions with representatives from Burkina Faso

At the 2016 conference there will be a specific focus on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights – and the inter-connections with gender equality, education, environment, and economic empowerment.

Among other areas, Denmark’s aid efforts focus on providing Burkinabe families access to information, prevention and health benefits in connection with pregnancy and birth.

Denmark also aims to tackle issues such as violence against women, gender equality and female circumcision.

Later that day, the princess popped on a pair of sunglasses as she enjoyed the warmer weather 

Later that day, the princess popped on a pair of sunglasses as she enjoyed the warmer weather

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

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