Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Grand Duchess Out And About *

Time to catch up on the latest events of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa...

On February 1st, the Grand Duchess held an audience at the palais to honour Fikirte Dereje, an orphaned student originating from Africa currently living in a children's home in Luxembourg. Still a young woman, Fikirte Dereje had to flee twice in her life due to political reasons. Together with her family she fled from Eritrea to Ethiopia, later at the age of twelve she had to leave her new country, during her second flight she lost her family. With the help of artist René Wiroth, she produced a scultpture picturing her missing mother, which was financed by the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grand-Duchesse. During the audience it was presented to the public.
For more information have a look at the website of the cour grand ducale, they also have pictures as does the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grand-Duchesse and Manuel Dias.

Yesterday evening Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a conference titled "Stop aux Mutilations Génitales Féminines" focusing on the issue of the horrible practice of female genital mutilation. Organised by the Foundation Follereau Luxembourg, the event was also attended by the author of the book "Desert Flower", human rights activist and former Somali supermodel Waris Dirie. Wort has an article including a picture of the conference, as do the Lëtzebuerger Journal and the cour.

Source: Cour grand ducale, FFL

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