WATCH | Meghan Markle urges women to challenge injustice with compassion

15 July 2020 - 11:36 By Cebelihle Bhengu
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, encouraged young women to continue their fight against inequality and injustice.
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, encouraged young women to continue their fight against inequality and injustice.
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Meghan Markle motivated young women to use their voices to fight injustice “through compassion” and be activists for equality.

She delivered a virtual keynote speech during the 2020 Girl Up leadership summit on Tuesday.

Speaking from her LA home, she said the younger generation, regardless of race and gender, has the responsibility to use the power and influence of social media to share their voices and change the status quo.

“Your generation is often referred to as digital natives, and you understand the online world has the power to affirm and support, as much as it does to harm. We’re not meant to be breaking each other down. We are meant to be building each other up. Use your voice online and offline to do just that, build each other up.”

She said the current times require the youth to do more than just believe in equality, and must also ensure it is realised.

“Believing in true equality is not enough. We have to work for it every day. I know it’s hard and makes others feel uneasy. We have to speak up for ourselves and we have to speak out for others who struggle to be heard,” she said.

“I also know all of you will use your voices compassionately. Compassion doesn’t mean you don’t feel anger or outrage when we see injustice all around us­. Of course we do."

Markle encouraged young people to continue speaking up against racial discrimination through the Black Lives Matter movement, to continue protests around gun violence and to demand that mental illness gets the attention it deserves.

“You’re standing up, demanding to be heard, yes, but you are also demanding to own the conversation.”