Queen Mathilde begins visit to Ivory Coast

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians has begun her visit to the Ivory Coast.

The Queen met with the President of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, and then began her field visits.

Mathilde was in Abidjan at the office of the resident coordinator of the UN before her work on the ground began. She attended a sewing workshop hosted by NGO Cavoequiva, where she learned sewing techniques and spent time with young girls who had been abused or trafficked.

Besides showing off their sewing abilities, the students showed Queen Mathilde how they are also taught to read, write, and even take dance lessons.

The Queen’s first day also included a trip to Mother-Child Hospital in Bingerville alongside the First Lady, Dominique Ouattara.

The Royal Palace explained that the hospital “provides specialised care for vulnerable mothers and their children, reducing maternal, newborns, children and adolescents morbidity and mortality.”

While at the hospital, the Queen was able to use her pre-royal profession as a speech therapist to relate to the medical professionals and patients. She visited the neonatology, pediatric oncology, and pediatrics departments during her trip to the special hospital outside Abidjan.

Her Majesty concluded her day with a roundtable discussion at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-Cocody University to discuss young people’s roles in promoting Sustainable Development Goals.

Queen Mathilde is on a three-day working visit to the African country as part of her role as a Special Advocate of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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