At a time when Princess Meghan put her foot on South African land, her main goal during the royal tour was clear: women's problems. Speaking to the crowds in the town of Nyanga in Cape Town, she explained why it was so important for the couple to start their trip there: "I am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of color and as your sister," she said to applause and applause . "I am here with you and I am here for you."
After completing a number of tasks related to women's empowerment and gender equality, Princess Sussex continued to work on these topics behind closed doors, inviting a group of South African leaders to an informal breakfast meeting on Thursday, September 26. Away from the media, nine activists and creators of change have joined Meghan for tea, conversation and a chance to tell her about the roles they have played – and still play – in their country and communities.
Representing different generations, political parties, origin and parts of the country, the group was diverse, but each woman had the same passion and goals. While spending time with Meghan at the residence of the British High Commissioner at Bishopscourt, women spoke informally, sharing struggles, action plans for the future, and the root causes of the country's problems.
Much of the conversation concerned the ongoing gender-related violence in South Africa and the feminicide crisis, a topic that has been hanging for too long in South Africa. It was an opportunity for Meghan to better understand the problem in which about 2,700 women and 1,000 children were murdered last year, as well as over 100 rapes reported to the authorities every day, as well as what to do. "I was so moved by what I heard," she said in a statement issued by Buckingham Palace. "The leadership and strength shown by these women are extraordinary, and at a time when gender and gender-based violence are in the foreground in people's minds, I hope their voices resonate and not only provide comfort, but also change. "
During the meeting, Meghan had the opportunity to hear inspirational stories from every woman, including apartheid activist Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, who led 20,000 women to march on Union buildings in Pretoria in protest against the rights of apartheid in 1956. He is the last living leader of the Women's March who she led when she was only 18 years old.