Today, Meghan delivered a keynote speech at the Girl Up 2020 Leadership Summit, as part of a session called “The Time Is Now”.
In a pre-recorded video, the Duchess spoke about the need to “drown out the noise” of negative voices and speak out “even when it makes others feel uneasy”.
“There will always be negative voices and sometimes those voices can appear to be outsized, and sometimes they can appear to be painfully loud.
You can and will use your own voices to drown out the noise. Because that’s what it is – just noise.
But your voices are those of truth. And hope. And your voices can and should be much louder.”
She praised the group for the hard work that’s already been done to raise awareness of racial justice, climate change, mental health, civic engagement and public service.
The Duchess added —
“Believing in true equality is not enough – it’s going to take more than belief, we have to work for it every day; even when it’s hard and even when it makes others feel uneasy.
“We have to speak up for ourselves and we have to speak out for others who struggle to be heard.”
Girl Up was founded by the UN Foundation in 2010 to help support UN agencies that focus on adolescent girls.
The 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit is its biggest yet, with nearly 40,000 attendees, aged 13-22, across 172 countries. Due to Covid-19 the entire summit is being held online.
Meghan concluded her speech with these supportive words.
“I am extraordinarily proud of what you’ve already accomplished. Please, continue to honor the conviction and compassion that’s awoken within you.
I will be cheering you on, so will my husband, so will Archie, as you all continue marching, advocating, and leading the way forward.”
Meghan has been following the Girl Up summit since its first day on July 13, when Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of girls’ education in a special message.
You can watch Meghan’s video message below —
Michelle Obama’s video message is below —
If you’d like to support Girl Up, you can visit their site and donate here.
The Duchess had on a cobalt blue sleeveless blouse or dress for today’s video message.
One thought for her outfit is this top by New York designer Adam Lippes — The Pintucked silk crepe de chine top in bright blue, $990. The top had been reduced to $148 on The Outnet before selling out.
Thanks to Meghan’s Mirror for the suggestion.
A similar top in the same color, the scarf wrap shell in crepe, $356, is available on Adam Lippes’ site.
Elizabeth of Meghan’s Fashion suggested that Meghan could be wearing this dress from Banana Republic — the Poplin A-Line Shift Dress in Blue Macaw, $139. The dress is no longer available in the blue, however, it is still available in white, on sale for $83.
It appears that the Duchess may have been wearing her Cartier ‘Love’ bangle bracelet in yellow gold.
She may also have had on one additional bracelet as there appears to be a longer chain or cord dangling from her wrist as well. This doesn’t surprise us as we know Meghan loves to layer her bracelets!