On Thursday 13 March, The Crown Princess Couple visited the organisation TRIS in Uppsala. TRIS is a voluntary organisation that works for the rights of women and children to a life of their own choosing. TRIS's Ronja project is supported by the Crown Princess Couple's Foundation.
The Ronja health and sports project is for girls aged between 13 and 20 who live restricted lives. The project gives them the opportunity to boost their self-confidence and their strength through sports and outdoor activities.
The afternoon began at Perrys Gym, where The Crown Princess Couple heard about the various activities included in the Ronja project. In addition to Thai boxing, participants can also learn to cycle, go skating and play football.
Thai boxing trainer, former Swedish Champion Bodil, explained about boxing and started training with the girls. The Crown Princess Couple had the opportunity to speak with participants and to watch them train.
There then followed a tour of TRIS's offices. Operational Manager and one of the organisation's founders Mariet Ghadimi spoke about the background to TRIS, which was founded in 2002. She also presented the various projects run by the organisation and explained how they work actively to ensure that the girls feel secure and that they can be themselves, as well as the importance of TRIS providing continuity.
TRIS's operations are open to young women who live restricted lives and young women who are exposed to – or who risk being exposed to – honour-related violence and oppression. TRIS is also a leading organisation when it comes to devising and developing method support for working to prevent honour-related violence.
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel established a foundation to mark the occasion of their marriage in 2010. The foundation aims to support children and young people in Sweden, with the purpose of combating exclusion and promoting good health.
Find out more about The Crown Princess Couple's Foundation here.