Meghan travelled to Delhi and Mumbai in 2017 to highlight the issues of gender equality shortly after making her relationship with Harry public.
Videos have resurfaced on the web of Meghan Markle while she was on a humanitarian visit to India, around the same time when her relationship with Prince Harry became public.
Video of Meghan Markle (as she was then) from 2017. Not been released before. Filmed by @WorldVisionUK as Meghan campaigns for gender equality.
In India, 113 million teenage girls are at risk of dropping out of school cos of no basic santiary facilities.pic.twitter.com/F9RzuhcmlV
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) April 17, 2019
While there, the now-Duchess of Sussex visited the cities of Delhi and Mumbai, with the goal of highlighting the issues of gender equality and the problems of girls’ access to education.
The former actress worked with World Vision, a charity that works to change the lives of the world’s poorest children.
On a visit to one school, speaking to the camera, Meghan said: “What we found is that the enrolment at this school went up three times once the latrines were built so that girls had access to clean hygiene and bathroom facilities while they’re at school.”
The 37-year-old spoke about how some girl are forced to drop out of school because they don’t have “bathrooms available to care for themselves.”
In India, a country with over 110 million girls, the second most populated country in the world, only has toilets in half of the secondary schools-a reason because of which many young women drop out of school.
Meghan’s focus in her life of royal duty over the past year, ever since marrying Prince Harry in May last year, have been mostly focused on girls and women’s issues and the right of access to education for all.
This isn’t the only time she has done such a thing, as in 2016 she again worked with World Vision in Rwanda, where her visit there has been well documented, while her visit to India only just emerged after the charity released the footage of the visit. During her visits and from what we can see in the video, Meghan planted flowers and painted signs with the children she met at a school where the charity had installed new facilities.
On the visit, while the world was preoccupied with her just-made-public relationship with Harry, Meghan was introduced to the Myna Mahila Foundation which works with women and girls in Mumbai’s urban slums.
The foundation offers women stable employment and breaks taboos about menstrual hygiene by providing basic sanitary products. It is one of the seven charities that Harry and Meghan have nominated for donations at the time of their wedding last year.