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Meghan Markle Isn't Afraid to Take on a Taboo Subject

Markle wrote an empowering letter about the stigmatization of menstruating women in India.
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Markle has penned essays about biracial identity and the responsibility of fame, establishing her willingness to take a thought-provoking stance on the subject of prejudice and the need to fight injustices across the world.

So, it should come as no surprise that the 35-year-old actress has taken the opportunity to flex her ample writing talents to write a piece about Indian girls being stigmatized for having their period.

As an ambassador for World Vision, she visited Delhi, India earlier this year to learn about issues affecting women and young girls in local slum communities. The Suits star then wrote a piece in Time magazine about her experience learning about women's hygiene, healthcare, education and development in India.

"During my time in the field, many girls shared that they feel embarrassed to go to school during their periods, ill equipped with rags instead of pads, unable to participate in sports and without bathrooms available to care for themselves, they often opt to drop out of school entirely," wrote Markle.

The Californian beauty, who is rumored to be leaving her hit TV show to settle down with her royal beau, reported that 23 percent of young women in India drop out of school due to menstruation, and shockingly revealed when a girl misses school due to her period, it cumulatively puts her behind her male contemporaries by 145 days.


"As a female in India, the challenge of survival begins at birth, first overcoming female feticide, then being victim to malnourishment, potentially abuse, and lack of access to proper sanitation facilities.

"Beyond India, in communities all over the globe, young girls' potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world," she wrote.

"As a female in India, the challenge of survival begins at birth."

"To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls' education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation," she added.

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She finished her piece by urging women and men alike to help women in impoverished regions around the world to gain access to education.

"When we empower girls hungry for education, we cultivate women who are emboldened to effect change within their communities and globally. If that is our dream for them, then the promise of it must begin with us. Period." she noted.

The star—who accompanied Prince Harry at a wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica last weekend—later posted a picture on Instagram of a poem by US-based writer Nayyirah Waheed.

It included the inspiring lines: "I will tell you, my daughter / of your worth / not your beauty / everyday (your beauty is a given. every being is born beautiful) / knowing your worth/ can save your life."

Markle captioned the post: "To always knowing your worth."

Sounds like a powerful way to mark International Women's Day.

From: ELLE UK

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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