Meghan Markle Met With Vancouver Group Justice For Girls This Week
Photo courtesy of Twitter / Justice For Girls
It was announced yesterday that Meghan Markle was on her first trip to Canada – where she, Prince Harry and Archie will now be part-time at home – to visit the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center in Vancouver. The organization shared a picture of the Duchess with the center’s team, and the center’s director, Kate Gibson, spoke about Meghan’s interest in the shelter and the work she does to help vulnerable women.
And it turned out that this wasn’t the Duchess’s only visit this week, as Vancouver-based women’s rights organization Justice For Girls said Meghan came to her offices the same day. Meghan wrote on Twitter: “Yesterday, Meghan visited the Duchess of Sussex to discuss climate justice for girls and the rights of indigenous peoples. It was great to talk about the importance of a holistic approach to social justice and the power of leadership for young women.”
According to media reports, an employee of the Duchess contacted the Zoe Craig- Sparrow, co-director of Harper’s Bazaar US, explained that Meghan found her work to be “credible and convincing”: “The Duchess touched us very much despite the terrible weather conditions in Vancouver and her recent times. We were impressed with how committed and informed she was about the issues we discussed and how quickly and gracefully she reassured us. “She continued:” She was well informed about the rights of women and girls and the need for social inequality on holistic and Fighting globally: The issues we talked about included violence against girls, poverty and its impact on access on education, the rights of girls with regard to the environment and global leadership on issues of this kind social and ecological justice; Parallels between girls’ struggles in Canada with girls around the world; the need to address social change in a holistic and integrated way, and how our proposed Center for Justice for Girls does that.”
The organization was founded in 1999 to campaign for the rights of girls and women in the areas of violence, homelessness, and poverty. The former is particularly important, especially with regard to indigenous girls and women. “This work is critical in Canada, where the effects of colonialization continue to harm indigenous girls and women through epidemic violence, social and economic inequality, environmental racism, and denial of indigenous rights,” Craig-Sparrow told the site. She added that she is optimistic about what Meghan will have to do with her time in Canada: “[Meghan] will use her commitment and intelligence to deal with the issues that interest her, particularly the rights of women and girls, and use their position to help.”
Prince Harry has not yet come to his family in Canada due to previous official commitments in London. Today he hosted the 2021 Rugby League World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace. It is believed that this could be his last official event as a high-ranking king. The Duke of Sussex is expected to fly to Vancouver once details of the couple’s new life have been discussed with the Queen and royal officials. An announcement is expected this week.