Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to speak with Malala Yousafzai about COVID-19’s impact on girls’ education
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are scheduled to appear in a video Sunday with activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to discuss the barriers facing girls in their access to education around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl in 2011 to promote girls’ rights and address obstacles young women face across the world.
The Malala Fund, founded in 2013 by Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, is an international nonprofit organization partnering with girls education initiatives in various countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil and India.
Research by the Malala Fund suggests that approximately 20 million secondary-school-aged girls may never return to classrooms once schools reopen after the coronavirus pandemic ends.
Since moving to California and cutting financial ties with the British monarchy, Prince Harry and Markle have become increasingly vocal on political and social issues, with the couple saying in a September video that U.S. voters need to “reject hate speech” and “misinformation” ahead of the November election.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also published a joint op-ed in London’s Evening Standard last week, calling for an end to “structural racism.” The couple wrote that “untapped potential will never get to be realized” if structural racism continues to exist in Britain and around the world.
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