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Meghan celebrates International Womens Day

Meghan Markle with school debate team
Photo: Ben Stansall/WPA/Getty

The Duchess of Sussex completed her final solo engagement as a senior member of the Royal Family with a visit to Robert Clack Upper School to celebrate International Women's Day. The Duchess met with students involved in debate team and students taking a poetry and writing class.

Meghan Markle visit secondary school on IWD
Photo: Ben Stansall/WPS/Getty

Robert Clack Upper School is located in Dagenham, near where women began a strike in 1968 demanding equal pay. One of the original striker, Geraldine Dear, was also at the school with Meghan to mark IWD 2020. The Duchess also spoke to the students, asking if there was one brave young boy to come up and share what International Women's Day meant to him.

Photo: Ben Stansall/WPA/Getty

During her speech Meghan encouraged the students to always stand up for what they believe in and to fight for what is right. With the school located so close to one of the biggest strikes for equality in the United Kingdom, it is certain that the girls (and boys) have a first hand understanding of the impact one person can have when they stand up for what is right.

International Women's Day is an opportunity to reflect and honour the sacrifices of those who came before who have progressed gender equality to where it is today. However, it is also important to remember for all of the progress made, there is still much work to be done. The Duchess of Sussex celebrated International Women's Day last year by participating in a panel with women leaders and changemakers.

The visit was shared on the SussexRoyal instagram in four separate posts. There were some select media that were permitted to cover the event, however, it was a largely private and media controlled appearance for the Duchess. Before she departed the students lined up to cheer her on her way on. xx

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