The Duchess of Edinburgh, Sophie, visited Ethiopia this week in her capacity as Global Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
The Duchess championed important causes such as women’s health and blindness prevention.
Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh in Ethiopia
At the request of the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, Sophie traveled to the Tigray region.
There she learned about UNICEF’s response to the devastating impact of conflict-related sexual violence affecting women and girls.
The Duchess has long advocated for survivors of such violence through her work with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative.
In Tigray, she visited a camp for displaced women and girls and a UNICEF child-friendly space.
Sophie also visited the Ayder Hospital Comprehensive Center, which provides medical care and counseling to survivors of gender-based violence.
She also visited the Women’s Development Center, where vulnerable women acquire skills to lead independent lives.
On the occasion of World Sight Day, the Duchess celebrated the work of the Orbis charity in Ethiopia.
During the trip, the Duchess of Edinburgh wore a Bluebell print midi dress by ME+EM, retailing at US$451.
She paired the dress with high espadrilles in Stone Cotton by Penelope Chilvers.