As she has in the past, Meghan Markle celebrated International Women’s Day in a big way.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her first child in April, joined a panel discussion on Friday hosted by King’s College London.
Others on the panel include musician and activist Annie Lennox, model and activist Adwoa Aboah and former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard.
The discussion will highlight the “obstacles [that] still affect female empowerment across the world, including access to education and limitations within employment,” the palace said in a statement.
It was also announced on Friday that Meghan has become Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which the Queen is Patron and Prince Harry is President. The QCT exists to champion, fund and connect young leaders around the world.
“In her role as Vice-President of QCT, The Duchess of Sussex will highlight our partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular our work supporting women and girls,” the QCTthis link opens in a new tab said in a statement.
Meghan opted for an Azzura black-and-white swirl-printed shift dress with a high collar from the U.K. high street brand, Reiss. She topped it with a black blazer and wore black pumps and carried a black clutch by Stella McCartney.
Sitting in the center of the panel, Meghan said: “We must be global feminists and include men and boys.”
Meghan also posed the question, “If there’s a justice and a lack of inequality someone needs to say something – and why not you?”
Gillard added: “If we can talk about how gender equality gives everybody more choices and more options, then it can be more inclusive, globally.”
Meghan listened intently as other panelists talked.
Women’s empowerment is a cause Meghan began championing long before she became a royal. Four years ago, the then-Suits star gave an impassioned speech at a U.N. Women’s conference in New York City in which she addressed gender equality.
For International Women’s Day last March, Meghan and Prince Harrystepped out in Birmingham, where they joined young people at an event hosted by the social enterprise Stemettes.
Meghan poses with Annie Lennox, Adwoa Aboah, Julia Gillard, Anne McElvoy, Angeline Murimirwa and Chrisann Jarrett.
As she left, Meghan shook hands of students who were gathered outside in an impromptu walkabout.
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