Girl Up leadership summit 2020: When is Meghan Markle's speech and how can I watch in the UK?

Meghan Markle is set to make an appearance at the virtual Girl Up leadership summit later today (July 14).

The ex-royal will broadcast her message about gender inequality online as part of a series of speeches on the topic of female empowerment.

When is Meghan Markle's speech?

Meghan will give a short speech—expected between 4 and 5.30pm UK time.

Meghan is currently staying in Hollywood producer Tyler Perry's $18 million mansion, where she has been spending lockdown with husband Prince Harry.

It is one of the first majorly publicised appearances from Meghan since a tumultuous Megxit.

How can I watch in the UK?

The will be streamed online via the Girl Up website here.

Girl Up announced Meghan's speech on their Twitter: "The present is female! But don’t take our word for it.

"Hear Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex’s advice for global girls leaders when she takes the stage at the 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!"

What is the Girl Up leadership summit?

Girl Up is a not-for-profit leadership association that aims to unite and empower young women across the world to fight for equality in wages, rights and living standards.

The organisation has worked with 65,000 girls via 3,500 clubs in nearly 120 countries.

Every year, the organisation holds a summit with high-profile speakers discussing issues of gender and equality. This year is no different, except for the fact it is being held online.

What is she expected to say?

Back in her days as a royal in the UK, Meghan was an active advocate for women's charities.

She made many speeches about rights and equality for women and even hosted a talk on International Women's Day.

The focus for this year's summit is "We Need To Talk", and will centre around the need connect globally to fight for gender equality.

Meghan is expected to speak to the female leaders of the future across the world in today's speech.

Who else is speaking?

Yesterday, Michelle Obama made a speech, discussing the implications of the coronavirus pandemic. She said that during the Ebola crisis, gender inequalities were worsened.

She said: "When we give girls the chance to learn, we give them the opportunity to fulfill their potential, build healthier families, and contribute to their countries, economies".

Also making virtual speeches in today's lineup will be CEO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and actress Priyanka Chopra.

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