The Countess of Wessex has visited The Hague this week, focusing on international support for survivors of conflict related sexual violence (CRSV).
Accompanied by His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, The Countess first visited the International Criminal Court, which seeks to support national courts to bring perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity, to justice. Her Royal Highness heard about the work of the ICC’s Trust Fund for Victims, which advocates for and assists the most vulnerable victims of the crimes within the Court’s jurisdiction.
The Countess then attended an event in support of the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) where Her Royal Highness joined Princess Mabel van Oranje, representatives from the Mukwege Foundation and Freedom from Torture, and the Dutch Government. The Countess reflected on her visits to conflict environments, and the stories of the survivors she has met.. The Countess reflected on her visits to conflict environments, and the stories of the survivors she has met.
Her Royal Highness held a dinner with Dutch female entrepreneurs.
The Countess of Wessex visited the International Commission on Missing Persons, which identifies missing persons and supports the families of the missing. Her Royal Highness saw how their state of the art DNA laboratory supports their vital work.
The Countess then met young people from across the Netherlands who have completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and presented them with their certificates.