Meghan Markle Calls For Gender Equality In South African Universities

More support is needed for women in third-level education in South Africa, the Duchess of Sussex has said.

Meghan Markle has called for gender equality in South African universities while speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Johannesburg on Tuesday. 

"When a woman is empowered it changes absolutely everything in the community," she told the group.

While there, the Duchess announced three new "gender grants" for the University of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch University and the University of Western Cape at the beginning of Tuesday's discussion with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Meghan took over from the Queen as patron of the ACU in January.

"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 told the discussion group of academics. 

"True to what you said, when a woman is empowered it changes absolutely everything in the community and starting an educational atmosphere is really a key point of that," she added.

Meghan said she herself was only afforded to go to university herself because of financial help from a scholarship and "families chipping in".

"If you don't have the support that is necessary that you feel that you can keep taking the next step then you're stunted in growth," she said.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Sussex told a group of young people to "hold onto your dreams" as he visited a health centre in a remote village in Malawi.

Sitting outside the Mauwa Health Centre, they discussed sexual health but also touched on climate change and conservation.

Speaking about the drugs used to treat an HIV patient, Prince Harry said: "You need to know your status and know there's medication, so you can have a happy and healthy life."

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