Duchess Meghan set to speak at special event with Michelle Obama and Priyanka Chopra

By Zach Harper

Duchess Meghan set to speak at special event with Michelle Obama and Priyanka Chopra

Duchess Meghan will be one of the guest-speakers at a special three-day gender equality event next week that will also feature former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Priyanka Chopra.

The Girl Up Global Leadership Summit will be held July 13-15. Priyanka will take part in a special question-and-answer session, while Michelle will give a special message to those who are attending the virtual event.

"The present is female! But don't take our word for it," a tweet announcing Meghan's appearance read on July 7. "Hear Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex's advice for global girls leaders when she takes the stage at the 2020 GirlUp Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!"

If you're interested in attending the summit, you can register through Girl Up's website. The organization runs 3,500 clubs worldwide and has worked with more than 65,000 girls to promote gender equality.

Nadia Murad, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, will also be one of the special guests, as will feminist commentator and women's rights activist Liz Plank and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO.

Meghan has worked with Michelle before. Last year, the Duchess of Sussex interviewed the former First Lady for the issue of British Vogue she guest-edited. Priyanka is one of Meghan's closest friends, having attended the duchess's wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

Last month, it was also revealed that Meghan and Harry had signed with the Harry Walker Agency to handle their speaking engagements. The firm's clients also include Michelle and Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan and Harry have been focusing on racial justice initiatives and supporting communities during the coronavirus pandemic over the last month or so since they moved to Los Angeles with their son, Archie. In June, Meghan gave a special speech to the graduating class of her former high school, speaking out in support of racial justice and addressing the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans at the hands of police.

A report also emerged last month that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been meeting with anti-racist organizations and community representatives to try and understand the issues and see how they could help.

On July 6, the Sussexes took part in a video call through the Queen's Commonwealth Trust in which they discussed anti-racism and the fight for equality with several young Black leaders. They said it's important to have "uncomfortable" conversations when addressing racism.

The couple have also stepped out to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. They made food deliveries with Los Angeles' Project Angel Food in the spring, and also stopped in to Homeboy Industries in June to help bake and cook. The organization helps those who have spent time in prison or who are looking to leave gangs and organized crime.

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