|Photo: Alexandre Gelebart / Cour grand-ducale|
In their capacities as presidents of their nations' respective Red Cross organisations, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Princess Sophie were among the attendants of the first day of the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Both were accompanied by national delegations. Crown Princess Margarita of Romania was equally present (and pictured above) at the event in Geneva.
During a speech to the assembly, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa stated, "We cannot afford anymore to bypass women in the peacemaking processes, in the elaboration of peace treaties and in the policy making on prevention or prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence". "I want us to go beyond conventional images of women as victims of war and consider the important inputs a woman can contribute to translate individual grievances into legitimate social concerns", she added.