MEGHAN Markle made a moving appearance at the virtual Girl Up leadership summit tonight (July 14).
The ex-royal shared her inspiring message about gender inequality online as part of a series of speeches on the topic of female empowerment.
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When was Meghan Markle’s speech?
Meghan gave a short speech today as part of the three-day leadership summit.
Meghan is currently staying in Hollywood producer Tyler Perry’s £15million mansion, where she has been spending lockdown with husband Prince Harry.
It is one of the first majorly publicised appearances from Meghan since a tumultuous Megxit.
How can I watch in the UK?
The video was streamed online via the Girl Up website here.
You can also watch the full segment on YouTube here.
Girl Up announced Meghan’s speech on their Twitter: “The present is female! But don’t take our word for it.
“Hear Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex’s advice for global girls leaders when she takes the stage at the 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!”
What is the Girl Up leadership summit?
Girl Up is a not-for-profit leadership association that aims to unite and empower young women across the world to fight for equality in wages, rights and living standards.
The organisation has worked with 65,000 girls via 3,500 clubs in nearly 120 countries.
Every year, the organisation holds a summit with high-profile speakers discussing issues of gender and equality. This year is no different, except for the fact it is being held online.
What did Meghan say in the speech?
In her powerful speech, Meghan accused world leaders of not listening to young people fighting against climate change and racial injustice.
She said women needed to realise that those in power were “dependent” on them and said young people were “setting the tone for an equitable humanity”.
Meghan told women to “drown out” negative voices and not listen to those trying to bring them down.
“There will always be negative voices and sometimes those voices can appear to be outsized, and sometimes they can appear to be painfully loud,” she said.
“You can and will use your own voices to drown out the noise. Because that’s what it is – just noise.”
Who else is speaking?
Yesterday, Michelle Obama made a speech, discussing the implications of the coronavirus pandemic. She said that during the Ebola crisis, gender inequalities were worsened.
She said: “When we give girls the chance to learn, we give them the opportunity to fulfill their potential, build healthier families, and contribute to their countries, economies”.
Also making virtual speeches in today’s lineup was CEO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and actress Priyanka Chopra.