On Monday 31 August, The Queen attended the Women's Organisations Committee on Alcohol and Drug Issues' digital 2020 annual meeting. During the annual meeting, The Queen received the committee's Butterfly Prize.
The digital annual meeting brought together representatives from organisations including women's associations, the women's shelter movement and the medical profession. During the meeting, The Queen gave a speech in which she said:
"Today's young people face great challenges. Mental health problems are growing. Drugs and alcohol can be a dangerous escape. The police are also reporting that drug use among young people is increasing during the Coronavirus pandemic. We must take these reports extremely seriously.
"Working with these issues takes time, and – perhaps most importantly of all – cooperation. It is therefore particularly pleasing to receive this award from an organisation that works on such a broad front and with such a long-term focus."
Chair Lena Josefsson read the jury's reasons for awarding the prize:
"This year's Butterfly Prize is awarded to HM Queen Silvia in recognition of her many years of work and personal commitment in connection with narcotics issues, and with children's right to a drug-free childhood. The Queen's commitment to vulnerable children is innovative, and has drawn greater attention to these issues.
"Through her interest in misuse issues, HM Queen Silvia has highlighted dependency issues, both nationally and internationally.
"Thanks to The Queen's knowledge and her initiatives to influence attitudes, new opportunities to improve public health have been opened up. The Queen remains a source of inspiration and support for girls and women of all ages, and from different social backgrounds. HM Queen Silvia contributes towards a society where there is a focus on health and care."
The Queen wore the award – a necklace with a butterfly pendant – during the annual meeting.
WOCAD is a collaborative body for issues relating to alcohol and other addictive substances, from the perspective of girls and women.
WOCAD has 39 member organisations, and brings together around 320,000 women.
Find out more at WOCAD's website.