It’s March and that means it’s Women’s History Month, a time to not only honour the trailblazing women and girls creating change in the world, but also the many groups working relentlessly to ensure that change happens. And yes, feminists and equality advocates Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are very much on board!
They’re kicking off the month by announcing their support for nonprofits working to advance gender equity. Through their Archewell Foundation, the couple is highlighting the important work of four specific organisations uplifting women and providing them with grants so they can expand their scope.
“As we cross into Women’s History Month, and ahead of International Women’s Day next week, Archewell Foundation is announcing a number of non-profit investments in leading organisations working to advance gender equity, build policies that empower women and families, ensure meaningful media representation for women and provide women with a network of tools and support for gaining employment,” Prince Harry & Meghan said in a statement on the Archewell site.
The four nonprofits include:
1. Smart Works, a charity (of which Megan is Patron) providing professional work clothes for women as well as job guidance and coaching tips. Using Archewell’s grant, the nonprofit will establish the Smart Works Female Unemployment Index to study unemployment issues affecting women across the UK and set a benchmark for change;
2. The Center on Poverty & Inequality, an organisation that centres marginalised women in policy and research to better support them in schools, hospitals and the juvenile justice system. Archewell’s grant will allow the nonprofit to expand their work to support Black girls’ leadership, address discriminatory school discipline practices and more.
3. National Women’s Law Center, which fights for gender justice across the US and has been advocating for women pushed out from the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Archewell and NWLC plan on working together to ensure there’s economic justice for women, particularly focusing on the struggles of women of colour, LGBTQIA+ people, and women and families with low-incomes.
In a message posted to Twitter, the NWLC thanked the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their support saying, “their amplification of issues central to women’s progress couldn’t come at a more critical time in the fight for gender justice.”
4. The 19th, an independent nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy. Archewell’s grant will allow the organisation to expand its coverage of Black and Indigenous women, women of colour and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Although the grants have been announced to mark Women’s History Month, as it says on the Archewell site “the work they represent is relevant vital every day of the year.”
Advancing gender and racial equality has been a core mission of Harry and Meghan’s foundation since its inception in 2020 – last year, they made a generous donation to Harvest Homes, a charity helping mothers experiencing homelessness and threw their support behind global vaccine equity efforts during the pandemic. In 2020, they spoke with Malala to highlight the barriers millions of girls face around the world in accessing education and more recently, Meghan has been advocating for paid family leave in the US.
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