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Watch Meghan Markle Speak About Women's Empowerment

"When women miss out on careers, education or opportunities because of the system that they live in, we all suffer."
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To commemorate International Women's Day on March 8, Meghan Markle participated in a panel on feminism and women's empowerment organized by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust. There, she offered more than a few quotable insights.

The Duchess was joined by five other luminaries to discuss women's rights and issues: musician Annie Lennox, model Adwoa Aboah, former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, Let Us Learn founder Chrisann Jarrett, and Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) executive director Angeline Murimirwa. Anne McElvoy, senior editor of The Economist, moderated the conversation.

Watch the panel in full below, and check out some of the most memorable quotes from the discussion below.

ANNIE LENNOX ON THE RIGHT WAY TO TREAT WOMEN:

"Women are the mothers of the world. We—girls, sisters, mothers—deserve respect and deserve to be treated well. And that means globally."

MEGHAN, DUCHESS OF SUSSEX ON ALL BEING IN IT TOGETHER:

"When women miss out on careers, education or opportunities because of the system that they live in, we all suffer."

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JULIA GILLARD ON THE NEED FOR FEMINIST MEN:

"Educating people around global feminism isn’t exclusive to women. We need to have boys in the conversation so they don’t just mimic what they see at home."

ANGELINE MURIMIRWA ON THE MISSION OF HER ORGANIZATION, THE CAMPAIGN FOR FEMALE EDUCATION (CAMFED):

"Together we support invisible girls, turning them visible."

THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX ON RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEMINISTS:

"I had seen this documentary on Netflix about feminism, and one of the things they said during pregnancy was 'I feel the embryonic kicking of feminism.' I loved that, so boy or girl, whatever it is, we hope that that’s the case with our little bump."

CHRISANN JARRETT ON THE NEED TO EXPAND THE MOVEMENT:

"It is so important that we constantly have new people coming through, shaping new ideas and finding solutions for all."

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ADWOA ABOAH ON THE WORK DONE BY GURLS TALK, AN INITIATIVE SHE FOUNDED:

"We challenge stereotypes, we fight inequality and together we change the world."

MEGHAN ON MAINTAINING A HEALTHY MEDIA DIET:

"I don’t look at [Twitter]... But I do read The Economist."

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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