Queen’s Commonwealth Trust chief executive, Nicola Brentnall, lead today’s roundtable. The discussion was moderated by One Young World counsellors, social media influencer Rossana Bee (Burgos) and Canada’s first openly gay Olympic gold medallist Mark Tewksbury.
Noriah Katungwe, from Malawi, kicked-off today’s discussion. She introduced her female-led startup, Moringa Women Project, which provides training to women in the farming processing of Moringa tree by-products.
Meghan was impressed with Amanda Scott, from Grenada, who founded Firefly Inc., a women-led initiative dedicated to the empowerment of girls. The Duchess had this to say about her efforts. —
‘Redefining gender roles and being conscious of the cultural context – it’s incredible what you’re doing”
Donnya Apiggott talked about her initiative, The Pink Coconuts, an organization committed to advocating for the inclusion of LGBTQ people across Barbados through travel. The Duchess met Donnya previously at the Commonwealth Heads of Government back in 2018.
Below, Donnya walking through Windsor Castle after today’s discussion.
Lebogang Bogopane, founder of South Africa’s Motholung Network Against Women and Child Abuse, told Harry and Meghan about her project, Bake for Hope, which provides locally baked bread to women an children. She said it is something that is still considered a luxury in certain parts of South Africa.
Lebogang had these inspiring words for the group. —
Harry shared his comments during today’s discussion —
“It is so important to have women in decision making and policy changing positions, as it really does effect the whole community, the whole country.” QCT president, The Duke of Sussex @OneYoungWorld #QCTxOYW #OYW19 pic.twitter.com/uDZeiyrdKo
— The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) October 25, 2019
All the issues that we are talking about around this table are are systemic and take time to solve.”“I can’t wait for our update in three months to hear how you are all doing. Thank you for being an inspiration”!
Thanks to @HeavenQRF on Twitter for the ID.
UPDATE: Meghan’s rings appear to be from Vargas Goteo. The first ring is the Bow Knot Ring in 18k gold, $650 from the High Seas Collection. The second ring is the Manta Kiss Stack Ring in 18k gold, $600 from the Manta Collection. Both rings are available in gold vermeil versions, $180 – here and here.
The jewelry line, created by designer Alex Prijic Smith, was designed to bring awareness to wildlife conservation. Each collection contributes directly to carefully selected ocean and wildlife organization campaigns.