'Inspires me deeply': Panelist Angie Murimirwa talks Meghan and women's empowerment

By Sarah Walker and Meaghan Wray

Angeline Murimirwa isn't a stranger to working with the Royal Family. As the regional executive director of CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education), she met with Prince Harry in 2018 when he travelled to Zambia and spoke to those involved in the organization. And on Friday (March 8), she shared the stage with Duchess Meghan at an event in honour of International Women's Day.

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"The Duchess joining this panel means that she is providing a global platform for young women leaders," Angie told HELLO! Canada of the opportunity to speak with Meghan. "My CAMA sisters do amazing work supporting girls in some of the most remote rural communities."

Angie was part of the inspiring group of women panelists. Photo: © Getty Images

Angie went on to speak candidly about her admiration for the former Suits star, who is expecting her first child around the end of April. "Meghan inspires me deeply as an individual,” she said. “I have great respect for the fact that she is a longstanding supporter of women’s rights, women’s empowerment, equal opportunities and equity, and the fact that she is now using her new position as The Duchess of Sussex to continue this work and activism is phenomenal, and attests to the fact that this is a deep passion. I think that’s also why so many women are inspired by her."

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She went on to say the support her organization has received from the Royal Family has helped to educate people about the realities many women in rural Africa face. Prince Harry has long held Africa close to his heart, and focuses a great deal of his outreach work on the continent. It's no surprise that he's very supportive of CAMFED’s goal – to eradicate poverty through educating girls and empowering women. Since 1993, the organization has supported marginalized girls so they can go to school.

The group posed together for a beautiful photo. Photo: © Getty Images

"Through the support of members of the Royal Family, we can be seen and heard, reaching a whole new audience," Angie said. "So this helps us to educate people all over the world, who will hopefully, in turn, help us to support millions more invisible girls through education."

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Meghan certainly did inspire the audience at Friday's private panel. Sitting front and centre, the royal called upon the crowd to speak against all forms of injustice: "If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice and an inequality, someone needs to say something – and why can’t it be you?"

Meghan made an inspiring speech while visiting New Zealand last year. Photo: © Getty Images

The duchess’s words were similar to the ones she shared at a U.N. Women's conference in New York City four years ago. “It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision,” she continued. “May we empower each other to carry out such vision – because it isn’t enough to simply talk about equality. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it. Let us work at it. Together.”

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