The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle will take part in a March 8th International Women’s Day panel discussion at King’s College in London hosted by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Meghan will be joined by musician Annie Lennox, founder of The Circle NGO, top model Adwoa Aboah, founder of Gurls Talk, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Chair of GIWLkings, Chrisann Jarrett, founder of Let Us Learn and Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director of Camfed.
Kensington Palace confirmed the news on Twitter, writing that the event 'will bring together a special panel of female thought-leaders and activists to discuss a range of issues affecting women today.’
According to the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust website, the audience will include students, opinion formers and young leaders and discussion points will include, ‘The importance of International Women’s Day, and the spotlight it can bring to obstacles which still affect female empowerment across the world, including access to education and limitations within employment.’
The panel also will cover, ‘the positive opportunities that come when women are given wider access and equal opportunity, whether that be in the UK or elsewhere in the world.’
The Duchess of Sussex is a long-standing advocate for women's rights and feminism. During her first royal tour to Fiji last year, she spoke about the need for women to have access to education. In 2015, Markle spent the holiday giving a speech at a UN Women's conference about gender equality and proclaimed herself "proud to be a woman and a feminist." And let’s not forget the 1993 ‘Inside Edition’ story of Meghan Markle at age 11 protesting the sexist language in a Proctor & Gamble soap ad.