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Meghan Markle and Nadia Murad to Speak at UN’s Girl Up Leadership Summit

Nadia Murad, Meghan Markle

From left: Nadia Murad and Meghan Markle. Photo: Getty/@sussexroyal

Taking place from July 13 to 15, this year’s Girl Up Global Leadership Summit by the United Nations will feature speeches and performances from a number of international leaders, change-makers, movers, and shakers. Among them will be none other than Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and 2018 Nobel Peace Laureate, Nadia Murad speaking alongside the likes of actors Priyanka Chopra and Jameela Jamil, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, and more.

Titled “We Need to Talk,” the 2020 annual Girl Up Summit is centered around “connecting the global movement for gender equality.” Free to register and attend, the conference will include three days of digital conversations, panel discussions, and workshops, all led by inspiring leaders from around the world. Divided into six sections including advocacy, fundraising, organizing, storytelling, Stem for Social Good and Taking Action with Girl Up, participants aged 13 to 25 will receive full access to programming, while a limited offering will be available to adult supporters. All events will offer interpretation and captioning in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and English, making the content accessible to viewers from all over the world.

Offering youth leaders the opportunity to gain the skills, resources, and confidence required to make an impact on gender equality in their communities, the Girl Up Leadership Summit, now in its 9th year usually sees more than 400 youth advocates from around the world gather in Washington, DC for three days. While the in-person component of the summit is no longer a possibility for this year’s event, attendees can still expect to learn from influential speakers, engage in skills-based workshops, and participate in a day of action. A campaign by the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up intends to give young women the opportunity to mobilize change and raise awareness in the name of gender equality.

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