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Meghan Markle Says Denying Education To Girls Is ‘Robbing’ Society Of Cultural Richness

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  • Meghan Markle says educating girls opens the door for “societal success”
  • Markle and Prince Harry joined Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai for a video call on International Day of the Girl Child
  • Prince Harry shared that educating young girls can also help address climate change

Meghan Markle recently delivered an important message, saying that denying education to girls is like “robbing” the society of its cultural richness.

Markle and husband Prince Harry recently joined Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on a video call and discussed how education plays an important role in the lives of young girls on International Day of the Girl Child, which was observed Sunday.

“When young girls have access to education, everyone wins and everyone succeeds. It just opens the door for societal success at the highest level. It’s not just robbing society of the cultural richness that comes with educating young girls. It’s also robbing these young girls of childhood,” Markle said during the call.

Markle also noted that the dynamics of the community are “shifted” when women take over and talk about important topics such as policy change and legislation.

“What I had realized very early on was that when women have a seat at the table, conversations in terms of policy change, conversations in terms of legislation and the dynamics of the community are all shifted. And when you have to see how you get a woman to embrace her voice, you have to start with where she is a young girl,” Markle said.

Prince Harry also opened how educating girls can also help in tackling climate change.

“The importance of girls’ education to help defer climate change is absolutely critical. So much is at stake when we don’t give a young woman the opportunity to learn and to get an education,” Prince Harry said during the video call.

Their remarks come almost a month after the royal couple donated $130,000 to an organization named CAMFED, a pan-African non-profit that supports the education of young women and girls.

“No better way to celebrate what really matters. Thank you to everyone who donated!” Markle and Harry said after the donation.

International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated annually on Oct. 11 as declared by the United Nations, recognizes girls’ rights and the challenges girls face around the world.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Photo: Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Talk With Malala | Video

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry celebrated International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11 with an exemplary young leader, Malala Yousafzai. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a virtual chat with Malala to emphasize the need for equal education worldwide and bring attention to the lack of opportunities for girls specifically.

As the group discussed, there are “barriers preventing 130 million girls from going to school,” with the potential to inhibit even more as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “When young girls have access to education, everyone wins and everyone succeeds. It just opens the door for societal success at the highest level,” Meghan said, explaining why it’s essential for people to pay attention to this issue.

Malala, a recent university graduate herself, elaborated on the dangers that can befall girls who don’t engage in active schooling. “An additional 20 million more girls are at risk of dropping out of school because of this pandemic,” she told Harry and Meghan. “They’re at risk of never being able to return to their schools because they are likely to be pushed into early child marriages or they might become the breadwinners or financial supporters of their families.”

Meghan responded: “It’s not just robbing a society of the cultural richness that comes with educating young girls. It’s also robbing these young girls of childhood.” Harry agreed and noted that education for girls also goes hand in hand with combating climate change. “The importance of girls’ education to help defer climate change is absolutely critical,” he said. “An education provides money, provides an income, which makes you less susceptible to disaster.” Watch the inspiring and important conversation in full above.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to speak with Malala Yousafzai about COVID-19’s impact on girls’ education

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan MarkleMeghan MarklePrince Harry, Meghan Markle call for end to ‘structural racism’ Meghan Markle says she’s learned not to ‘listen to all the noise out there’ after Trump criticism Trump wishes Prince Harry ‘luck’ with Meghan Markle after remarks about voting in November: ‘Not a fan’ MORE, are scheduled to appear in a video Sunday with activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to discuss the barriers facing girls in their access to education around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to The Associated Press, the conversation will be published on the Malala Fund’s YouTube channel and website in celebration of International Day of the Girl Child.

The United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl in 2011 to promote girls’ rights and address obstacles young women face across the world.

The Malala Fund, founded in 2013 by Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, is an international nonprofit organization partnering with girls education initiatives in various countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil and India. 

Research by the Malala Fund suggests that approximately 20 million secondary-school-aged girls may never return to classrooms once schools reopen after the coronavirus pandemic ends. 

Since moving to California and cutting financial ties with the British monarchy, Prince Harry and Markle have become increasingly vocal on political and social issues, with the couple saying in a September video that U.S. voters need to “reject hate speech” and “misinformation” ahead of the November election. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also published a joint op-ed in London’s Evening Standard last week, calling for an end to “structural racism.” The couple wrote that “untapped potential will never get to be realized” if structural racism continues to exist in Britain and around the world.

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