On Monday, Prince Harry spoke out against gender-based violence in South Africa, while his wife Meghan saluted the girls who chose to “defend what is right”.
The British royal couple visited Cape Town’s tough Nyanga township, situated on the outskirts of a city known for its pristine beaches and rolling vineyards, as part of a 10-day tour of southern Africa their first official visit as a family since their son Archie was born in May.
Their earlier landing surprised young girls who were in the middle of a self-defense class, then they addressed the crowd, stressing the need to roll back gender violence and empower women.
South Africa is one of the world’s most dangerous places, particularly for women, with more than 40,000 incidents of rape were reported to the police between April 2018 and March 2019.
“Touching on what your President said last week that no man is born to cause harm to women,” said Prince Harry.
“It’s about redefining masculinity, it’s about creating your own footprints for your children to follow in so that you can make a positive change for the future.”
Meghan, a mixed-race American who has been advocating women’s rights long before marrying Harry in 2017, congratulated girls “standing up for what’s right in the face of adversity”.
“Your commitment to stand up for what is right is energizing and inspiring,” said the Duchess.
“While I’m here with my husband and as a member of the royal family, I am here as a mother, a wife, a woman of color and your sister.”