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Meghan Markle Visits African Female Activists and Has Been "So Moved"

Duchess of Sussex speaks with 12 inspiring female entrepreneurs as she visits Woodstock Exchange during her royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
September 29, 2019 - 10:30 / Sarah Schulz

Duchess Meghan is continuing on her journey advocating for women's and girls' rights. She is continuing on her tour of solo engagements while Prince Harry has been in Angola, she has been meeting with many groups of female activists.

Duchess Meghan is such a strong advocate for women's rights and has spent a big part of her life fighting for those rights wherever and however she can. Now, while she's on her royal tour in Africa, she is meeting with different groups of female activists and is feeling very "moved" by the women she is meeting.

Meghan speaks to a group of women in Cape Town

Meghan met with a group of women in Cape Town and she said to her guests, "we can learn a certain amount from the outside, by tracking it through the news, but it’s not the same as being able to truly understand what it's like on the ground. Much of my life I have been advocating for women and girls’ rights, so this has been an incredibly powerful moment to hear first-hand from all of you."

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"On Thursday we convened a meeting of minds - a group of women ranging from a legendary anti-apartheid activist, female parliamentarians, professors, educators and policy makers to discuss the rights of women in South Africa. In the lead up to this tour it weighed heavily on my heart to see the countless violations against women, and I wanted to spend my time on the ground learning about the situation at hand. One of the guests, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn was just 18 years old when in 1956 she led 20,000 women to march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest of apartheid pass laws. She is the last living leader of the march, and today, a symbol of those who fight for fundamental human rights - For her it is simple - she fights for what is right. Issues of gender inequality affect women throughout the world, independent of race, color, creed, or socioeconomic background. In the last week I've met with women from all walks of life - religious leaders such as the first female rabbi in Capetown, grassroots leaders in Nyanga at Mbokodo, community activists, parliamentarians, and so many more. In sitting down with these forward thinkers, it was abundantly clear - it is not enough to simply hope for a better future; the only way forward is "hope in action." I'm eager to spend the next few days in South Africa continuing to learn, listen and absorb the resilience and optimism I've felt here." -Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex

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Duchess Meghan: "I have been so moved"

She continued, "I have been so moved by what I have heard. The leadership and strength shown by these women are remarkable, and at a time when the issue of gender and gender-based violence is at the forefront of people’s minds, I hope their voices will resonate and not only give comfort but also create change. This is not just a South African issue, this is a global problem that can only find solutions with the attention and work of everyone, regardless of gender, status, politics, race or nationality."

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"Simi kunye kulesisimo" – 'We stand together in this moment' The Duchess of Sussex has tied a ribbon at the site where 19-year-old Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered last month, to pay her respects and to show solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide. Over the last month in Capetown, protests erupted through the streets in outrage over GBV in South Africa. The Duke and Duchess had been following what had happened from afar and were both eager to learn more when they arrived in South Africa. The Duchess spoke to the mother of Uyinene this week to relay their condolences. Visiting the site of this tragic death and being able to recognise Uyinene, and all women and girls effected by GBV (specifically in South Africa, but also throughout the world) was personally important to The Duchess. Uyinene's death has mobilised people across South Africa in the fight against gender based violence, and is seen as a critical point in the future of women's rights in South Africa. The Duchess has taken private visits and meetings over the last two days to deepen her understanding of the current situation and continue to advocate for the rights of women and girls. For more information on the recent events in South Africa, please see link in bio. #AmINext

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Meghan Visits Memorial For Uyinene Mrwetyana

Earlier this week, Meghan also made a private visit to the memorial site for Uyinene Mrwetyana, who is a 19-year-old University of Cape Town student that was raped and murdered, allegedly by a post office worker in late August of this year. Meghan paid tribute to her by tying a ribbon at the memorial.

We are so grateful for all the work that Duchess Meghan continues to do to advocate for women's rights.