Crown Princess Mary is a passionate advocate for health, empowerment and rights issues, with particular focus on women, adolescent girls, children and vulnerable groups.
The Crown Princess is a member of the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development, and serves as patron of several international organisations and agencies in the social, health and humanitarian field, including among others: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and World Health Organization (WHO)-Regional Office for Europe and Danish NGO’s: Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Maternity Worldwide and LOKK–national association of women’s shelters.
For several years Crown Princess Mary has been active in creating awareness on maternal health and child mortality as well as women and girls´ sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to family planning.
In 2007 the Crown Princess founded The Mary Foundation with the mission of fighting social isolation, based on the belief that “everyone has the right to belong”. Under her leadership, the foundation brings together untraditional key partners to develop and run projects in Denmark that create opportunities and empower children, adults and families, who find themselves socially isolated or excluded from society. The foundation’s focus areas include: Domestic violence, bullying and wellbeing, and loneliness.
Crown Princess Mary was selected as a Young Global Leader in 2012 by the World Economic Forum. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and an honorary member of various associations and societies. Crown Princess Mary holds a double degree in law and commerce from the University of Tasmania, and has worked in several management positions in the advertising communication sector in Australia. The Crown Princess is also a lieutenant in the Danish Home Guard.
Crown Princess Mary is married to H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik, heir to the throne of Denmark. Together they have four young children.