On Sunday, October 11, we celebrate the International Day of the Girl, and this year, some of the most prominent voices who advocate for women’s rights and girl’s education are joining forces to celebrate the occasion.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to join inspirational activist Malala Yousafzai for a virtual discussion on the importance of a girl’s access to education. The trio will come together on October 11 for a conversation exploring the challenges that over 130 million girls around the world face, in gaining access to a fair education. The discussion will center around the barriers that are currently preventing young girls’ education, and “why it’s essential that we champion every girl’s right to learn.” The virtual meet-up is expected to be live-streamed via YouTube and across the Malala Fund’s social media channels.
Both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are strong advocates for social issues, such a women’s rights, and education. The couple is extremely active in their commitment to empowering young women across the world and championing gender equality. In just the last month, Markle has dedicated significant efforts to various women’s rights charities, including Smart Works, a UK-based charity supporting unemployed women, and the African girls’ education charity, Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED). Marking Prince Harry’s 36th birthday on September 15, and in honor of Markle’s birthday on August 4, the couple made a personal donation to CAMFED, of US $130,000, matching the public’s donation of $129,000 which was raised as part of a fundraiser for the pair’s birthdays.
Malala Yousafzai. Photo: Instagram/@malala
Similarly, Malala is one of the world’s most prominent education rights activists. The Nobel Peace Prize honoree has overcome personal adversity, surviving an attempt on her life following her crusade for education rights in 2012, which saw her global rise to prominence where she has continued her fight for fighting for women’s education rights ever since. As the co-founder of the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization that champions girls’ education, Malala is recognized as an international feminist figure. Now a graduate of the prestigious Oxford University, Malala is frequently noted as one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.