She and her husband, Prince Harry, acted as campaign chairs for the event, which saw actors such as Foo Fighters, Jennifer Lopez and HER perform to support vaccination efforts around the world against the spread of Covid-19.
The video message marked Meghan’s first television appearance since she and Harry spoke to Oprah Winfrey in a headline interview that aired in March.
“The past year has been defined by communities who have come together tirelessly and heroically to fight Covid-19. We have come together tonight because the road ahead is improving, ”Meghan said in a pre-recorded message.
“But each of us will have to find our way. As campaign chairs of Vax Live, my husband and I believe it is essential that our recovery prioritizes the health, safety and success of everyone – and especially women, who have been affected by disproportionately by this pandemic. ”
Meghan referred to “the surge in gender-based violence”, “the increased responsibility for unpaid care work” and “the new barriers that have reversed so much progress for women in the workplace”, adding: “We are at an inflection point for gender equality. “
She told viewers that “women, and especially women of color, have seen a generation of economic gains wiped out,” stating that 5.5 million women have lost their jobs in the United States since the start of the pandemic. , and that 47 million women and girls around the world should be pushed into poverty.
“But if we work together to bring vaccines to every country and continent, let’s insist that vaccines are distributed fairly and at a reasonable price, and ensure that governments around the world donate their additional vaccines to countries in need,” then we can start to rebuild completely, ”she added. “Not only to bring us back to where we were before, but to go further and rapidly advance conditions, opportunities and mobility for women around the world.
“My husband and I are delighted to welcome a daughter soon,” she said.
“It is a feeling of joy that we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the world who need to be empowered and supported to move us forward.
“Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to put them in place and prepare us all for a prosperous, equitable and compassionate future. … We want to make sure that by recovering, we recover stronger. That while we are rebuilding, we are rebuilding together. Thank you. “
For coverage of the Vax Live concert as it happened, click on here.