JOHANNESBURG – Meghan Markle highlighted the importance of education for gender equality in a visit to the University of Johannesburg on Tuesday.
“When a woman is empowered it changes absolutely everything in the community,” she said during a meeting with academics and students.
Education is one of the areas of special interest to the United Kingdom’s Duchess of Sussex.
She spoke about her own university experience and how expensive it is to embark on a career.
“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 added.
Meghan took part in a talk as patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, a non-profit network that includes 500 centers in around 50 countries.
She announced new scholarships and funds from that organization, aimed at promoting gender equality in the university field and promoting student mobility in the Commonwealth.
Her visit to the University of Johannesburg was made on the penultimate day of a trip by to Africa with Prince Harry and their baby son Archie.
Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, completed a small tour of other countries in the area on Tuesday, which had already taken him to Botswana and Angola.
He is due to return to South Africa, where he will meet his wife and son, who did not accompany him to the rest of the countries but stayed in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Meghan’s activities in South Africa were focused on supporting women’s rights projects, while Harry’s agenda revolved predominantly around environment issue.
He also met with presidents from different countries and paid special tribute to the work of his late mother, Diana Princess of Wales, against landmines in Malawi in the 1990s.
The royal couple is scheduled to meet with the president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa and Graça Machel, the widow of Nelson Mandela.
They will also visit a project working against youth unemployment in the city before flying back to the United Kingdom on Wednesday.
Their tour of southern Africa was the family’s first official trip abroad since the birth of Archie in May.