Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 1997 with a special interest in micro-credit grants and the education of girls and women the world over.
She has relentlessly fostered efforts contributing to their empowerment and helping them to defend their rights. In this way, Her Royal Highness lends her support to projects such as micro-credit grants for the improvement of the living conditions of girls, women and their families.
She has visited numerous UNESCO project sites in Nepal, Mali, Bangladesh, Thailand and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Being herself a mother of five, she is particularly concerned about children’s rights and development.
She is also actively involved in helping street children and in speaking out against juvenile prostitution.
Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa contributed to the UNESCO project, Breaking the Poverty Cycle of Women: Empowering Adolescents Girls to Become Agents of Social Transformation, which benefits adolescent girls in Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Pakistan and offers a broad-based capacity-building programme composed of literacy, life skills, science education as well as vocational training with access to ICTs.
As Honorary President, she gave a speech at the event to commemorate the struggle of the African continent against HIV/AIDS, which took place at UNESCO Headquarters in November 2004.