World Vision Ambassador – www.worldvision.org.uk
The Duchess of Sussex was a Global Ambassador for World Vision, the world’s largest international children’s charity, from 2016 – 2017. She travelled to Rwanda in early 2016 with World Vision to see first-hand the importance of clean water.
While visiting a school she taught students to paint with watercolours, using water from a newly installed pipeline in their community. The students created pictures based on their hopes and futures, which are now brighter because of the recent access to clean water.
“I think there’s a misconception that access to clean water is just about clean drinking water; which, of course, it is but it’s so much more than that. Access to clean water in a community keeps young girls in school, because they aren’t walking hours each day to source water for their families. It allows women to invest in their own businesses and community. It promotes grassroots leadership, and, of course, it reinforces the health and wellness of children and adults. Every single piece of it is so interconnected, and clean water, this one life source, is the key to it all.
It was an amazing experience, taking water from one of the water sources in the community and using it with the children to paint pictures of what they dream to be when they grow up. I saw that water is not just a life source for a community, but it can really be a source for creative imagination, and how lucky I am to have been a part of that.”
Meghan also visited India with the organization and the Myna Mahila Foundation in early 2017. She wrote an article for TIME Magazine, “How Periods Affect Potential”.
One Young World Counsellor – www.oneyoungworld.com
The Duchess of Sussex was a counsellor for One Young World in 2014 and 2016. She attended both summits in Dublin (2014) and Ottawa (2016). In 2014, she attended a panel on gender equality. One the panel : “Whether in business or the film industry, women are faced with gender-based disparities across the board. In the Special Session ‘Bridging the Gap’, 5 accomplished women share their perspectives on gender equality and explore the role and power of media to enhance and/or reduce the gender gap. Among several of the powerful comments, Meghan Markle, reveals that she vowed not to film scenes in a towel and encourages women in the industry to champion gender equality. She, along with the rest of the panel, assert that men must be active in promoting egalitarianism.” At the 2016 summit, she delivered a talk alongside Justin Trudeau and famously called out the Suits creator for gender inequality for requiring her character to do so many semi-naked scenes on the show.
“When I was asked to be a Counsellor at One Young World my response was a resounding ‘yes.’ One Young World invites young adults from all over the world who are actively working to transform the socio-political landscape by being the greater good. They are delegates who are speaking out against human rights violations, environmental crises, gender equality issues, discrimination and injustice. They are the change.”
United Nations Advocate – www.unwomen.org
The Duchess of Sussex wrote an essay for Elle UK to explain her work with UN. In 2015, Meghan Markle made a speech about gender inequality. When she was 11, she stood up to an innapropriate commercial towards women to make them change their slogan, which was ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’. It then became ‘People all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’.
“The soap manufacturer Procter & Gamble changed the commercial for their ivory clear dish-washing liquid. They changed it from ‘Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans’ to ‘People all over America.’ It was at that moment that I realized the magnitude of my actions. At the age of 11, I had created my small level of impact by standing up for equality.”
“I was in a van heading back from Gihembe refugee camp in Rwanda. I was there as an advocate for UN Women; I had a week of meetings with female parliamentarians in the city’s capital, Kigali, celebrating the fact that 64 percent of the Rwandan government are women–the first in the world where women hold a majority.”