Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle talked about feminism while attending an event on Sunday, October 28. The former Hollywood actress revealed her feminist side and gave a powerful speech on women's right to vote and said that feminism is about fairness. Meghan, who is all set to conclude her 16-day official tour with husband Prince Harry, was spotted in New Zealand on Sunday, where the royal couple joined Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Government House in Wellington to celebrate New Zealand's 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.
While addressing the crowd, Meghan, who has previously taken up several initiatives for the betterment of women, said, "We are proud to be able to join you tonight in celebrating the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in your country. The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired."
She also spoke about feminism as a value and said, "I'm looking forward to this very special occasion; I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the larger impact of what this symbolises. Because yes, women's suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness."
"Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents: the basic and fundamental human right of all people, including those members of society who have been marginalised whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity or orientation, to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community," she added.
She further congratulated New Zealand for completing 125 years of women's suffrage. She said, "So bravo, New Zealand, for championing this right 125 years ago, for the women who well deserve to have an active voice and acknowledged vote, and for all of the people that this effort has paved the way for globally,"
The audience seemed to be very moved by her speech as she concluded it quoting Kate Sheppard, a prominent figure in the women's suffrage movement in New Zealand. She said, "In the words of your suffragette, Kate Sheppard, 'All that separates, whether of race, class, creed or sex, is inhuman and must be overcome," Meghan said.
This is not the first time Meghan has supported women. Recently, she launched a cookbook to support women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, helping them to raise funds to thrive. Meghan and Harry have begun their first royal tour of Australia and South Pacific on October 16 which they are supposed to conclude with their visit to New Zealand on October 31. Meanwhile, the Kensington Palace announced that the royal couple is expecting their first child in Spring 2019.
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(With inputs from ANI)