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Meghan Markle praises women activists in South Africa

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The Duchess of Sussex has praised the women who have paved the way on gender and racial equality, calling on young activists to “keep at it and know that you are working for this generation and the next”.

Meghan has been staying back in Cape Town with her five-month-old son Archie, as Prince Harry has been travelling to Botswana, Angola and Malawi as part of their southern Africa tour.

However, Meghan has been holding private meetings back in South Africa.

She invited a group of female leaders who have campaigned on equality and racism to join her for breakfast to find out more about the roles they play and have played for their country and communities.

Among them was Sophia Williams De Bruyn, who in 1956 led 20,000 women on a march in Pretoria against apartheid laws.

Speaking about Ms Williams De Bruyn after the event, the duchess said: “I was recently reminded that the first one up the mountain often gets knocked down the hardest, but makes way for everyone behind them.

“These brave women have been able to see how their struggle can pave the way for so many.

“For all young women organisers, activists and campaigners today, you must keep at it and know that you are working for this generation and the next, and also continuing the legacy of the generations of great women before you.”

Gender-based violence

Speaking about the issue of gender-based violence and how it is at the forefront of people’s minds, she added: “This is not just a South African issue, this is a global problem that can only find solution with the attention and work of everyone regardless of gender, status, politics, race or nationality.”

Lindiwe Mazibuko, the first non-white woman to lead the opposition democratic alliance party in South Africa, was in the meeting and said:

“We’re both black women, we are both the first of our kind: she’s the first black woman to become a senior royal in the United Kingdom, I was the first black woman to lead the opposition in South Africa so and again that’s not unique to the duchess and myself, most black women who enter pretty much any field have a very high chance of being the first black woman to do so.

“That’s how far behind we are.

“But those two points you know, having the platform and being the first to have that platform are something that I identify with very strongly when it comes to the Duchess of Sussex and that’s why it was such, just such a pleasure to discover how deep her interest in South Africa is, how much she had learnt about what we were facing, what we’re dealing with before she came here.”

Before she married Harry, Meghan passionately campaigned on women’s rights and wrote about being made to feel different because of her mixed race heritage.

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