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Meghan advocating women to drown out online 'noise' with positivity

Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex who made the typical traditional royal ideals to crumble for a more socially progressive path, yesterday told nearly 40,000 teen girls and young women from around the world to drown out sometimes “painfully loud” negative online chatter with positivity.

In remarks delivered via video to the United Nations Foundation’s 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit, Meghan noted that the generation she was speaking to grew up with digital technology and new online media better than anyone.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, poses before addressing the keynote "The Time Is Now" Women in Leadership Plenary, in a handout photo released July 14, 2020. Girl Up/The Duchess of Sussex / Handout via Reuters

“You understand that our online world has the power to affirm and support as much as it does to harm,” said Meghan, the wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry.

“There will always be negative voices and sometimes those voices can appear to be outsized, and sometimes they can appear to be painfully loud,” she said.

“You can and will use your voices to drown out the noise,” she added. “Because that’s what it is - just noise. But your voices are those of truth and hope. And your voices can and should be much louder.”

Meghan has always fought against any anti-feminist decision that came to her, becoming the outspoken new member of the royal family, no matter what.

Currently, Meghan, Harry and their baby son Archie live in Los Angeles, having stepped down from royal duties at the end of March, partly because of intense media intrusion into their lives and critical comments directed towards her. Traditionalism and social progress clashed for the first time on the world stage thanks to Meghan Markle within the context of the royal family, and with this, the idea of “good girls” who are promised an escape from misogyny, as long as they are docile and conformist is crumbling on an international scale too.

United Nations Foundation Girl Up Leadership Summit 2020 in Washington, D.C., USA. image credit Opportunity Desk

Indeed, Meghan’s audience on Tuesday included girls and women aged 13 to 22 from 172 countries.

She noted that young women already had begun making positive changes by organising Black Lives Matter protests and advocating for criminal justice reform, mental health resources, and steps to end gun violence.

Going forward, “your gut will tell you what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s fair and unfair,” she said. “The hardest part and it was the hardest part for me, is to chase your convictions with action.”

Was she possibly referring to the fact that gender equality has always been a reconstructed and reinforced ideal that the conservative royal family has never really acknowledged?


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