Meghan Markle is making it a tradition to honor the International Day of the Girl. And this year, she’ll be teaming up with her husband, Prince Harry, and a very special guest—renowned activist Malala Yousafzai.
Per Harper's Bazaar, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the Nobel Peace Prize winner for a virtual video chat (which will be live-streamed through YouTube and the Malala Fund's social media platforms), on October 11 to discuss “why it's essential to champion every girl's right to learn.” During the event, the trio will also talk about the challenges millions of girls face gaining access to education globally.
Last year, in honor of International Day of the Girl, Markle shared a video on her @SussexRoyal Instagram account (RIP) with a special message about gender inequality and some throwback footage from her early days as a women’s rights activist. Markle’s post included her 2015 speech at the United Nations and a news segment she appeared on at the age of 11 in which she challenged a sexist Ivory dishwashing soap commercial and wrote Procter & Gamble a letter.
“Today is International #DayoftheGirl, a day observed globally and created by the United Nations to acknowledge the gender inequality that exists worldwide,” she captioned the post. “Be it lack of access to education, stigma surrounding Menstrual Hygiene Management, forced child marriage, legal or medical inequality, or gender-based violence, there is a pressing need to support young women in their path to excellence.”
In the words of Markle herself, “Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly, the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.”