The Duchess of Sussex has made a number of important appearances during her time in South Africa, and at each she’s made bold political and sartorial statements — and Oct. 1 was no exception.
After attending an event at the University of Johannesburg in the morning, the 38-year-old dropped in to ActionAid, to talk about tackling sexual violence and gender-based violence in schools. She wore a perfect-for-fall green shirt dress by American brand Room 502. The new mom paired the dress with funky statement earrings and black high heels, and kept her long locks loose.
During the engagement with ActionAid, the duchess joined in on important discussions about violence against women and how to combat the problem.
While at the University of Johannesburg the new mom spoke candidly about the importance of empowering young girls as a way to resolve the issue.
“The goal here is to be able to have gender equality, to be able to support women as they are working in research and higher education roles,” she said.
“And also to be able to have workshops, convene things that are really helping people understand the importance of gender equality. True to what you said, when a women is empowered it changes absolutely everything in the community and starting an educational atmosphere is really a key point of that.”
She also announced three new Gender Grants for the University of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch University and the University of Western Cape.
Her Tuesday appearances come on the heels of another on Sept. 26 where she travelled to see a memorial to Uyinene Mrwetyana, 19, a University of Cape Town student whose brutal slaying has shocked South Africa. While there, Meghan left a note written in Xhosa that was said to be in calligraphic script.
“Simi kunye kulesisimo – ‘We stand together in this moment,’” she captioned an Instagram post about the visit.
“The Duchess of Sussex has tied a ribbon at the site where 19-year-old Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana was murdered last month, to pay her respects and to show solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide. Over the last month in Capetown [sic], protests erupted through the streets in outrage over GBV in South Africa. The Duke and Duchess had been following what had happened from afar and were both eager to learn more when they arrived in South Africa. The Duchess spoke to the mother of Uyinene this week to relay their condolences.”
Meghan is set to make another appearance on Tuesday at a local school before being reunited with Prince Harry for their final day of the royal tour on Oct. 2. The pair are expected to make several appearances before departing Johannesburg the same day.