Meghan Markle and Michelle Obama, both of whom have voiced their calls for gender equality around the world, will also be joined by actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas for the three-day virtual event. The three women will be guest speakers at the Girl Up Global Leadership Summit, which will be held from July 13 to 15.
Girl UP has announced that Meghan will join the summit on Twitter earlier today.
They wrote: “The gift is feminine!
“But don’t take our word for it. Hear Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex’s advice to female leaders around the world when she takes the stage at the 2020 @GirlUp Leadership Summit, which will be held practically from July 13-15! ”
Girl Up was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010 and aims to give girls the resources and the platform to launch a movement for social change from around the world.
The organization operates 3,500 clubs worldwide and has worked with over 65,000 girls to promote gender equality.
Other women expected to speak at the event include 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, feminist commentator and women’s rights activist Liz Plank and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook operations manager.
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She said, “I remember feeling shocked and angry and also feeling so hurt; it just wasn’t right, and something had to be done.
“So I went home and told my father what had happened, and he encouraged me to write letters, like I did, to the most powerful people I could think of. ”
Meghan said she wrote to Hillary Clinton, who was the first lady at the time, a journalist who presented a children’s news program, a lawyer and the soap maker.
Several weeks later, Meghan received letters of support from the First Lady and the TV channel – who then covered the story.
The soap maker also responded to Meghan and changed its slogan from “Women all over America” to “People all over America”.
In response, Meghan said, “That’s when I realized the scale of my actions.
“At the age of 11, I had created my small level of impact by defending equality. “