Prince Harry

Prince Harry


Well this certainly got our attention this morning. Prince Harry has called on men to step up and speak up for gender equality on behalf of girls worldwide, giving an empowered feminist speech this week at the Nepal Girl Summit in Kathmandu.

Speaking alongside Nepal’s first female president, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the Prince acknowledged the important role men should play in tackling inequality, illiteracy, and poverty among women.

Harry was quick to admit that he hasn't really spoken publicly about women's rights in the past, but explained: "I think it's important to acknowledge something that has become obvious to me and is already known to everyone in this room: there are way too many obstacles between girls and the opportunities they deserve."

The 31-year-old Royal then made up for lost time with an empowered speech that underlined just how important it is for men need to speak up for girls too.

“Whether it's a girl in Lesotho living with HIV; or the talented young woman in Britain who doesn't get taken seriously because of where she grew up; or the 14 year old girl forced out of school so she can get married here in Nepal; we need to acknowledge that so many countries and cultures are failing to protect the opportunities of young women and girls in the way they do for boys,” he said before adding:

“I believe it is vitally important for men like me to acknowledge this as loudly and openly as role models do like President Bhandari, the US First Lady Michelle Obama and activists like Malala.”

Addressing a statistic that states that 62 million girls around the world aren't getting the education they're entitled to he went on to comment:

“Here in Nepal, nearly half of all women who are today in their twenties, thirties and forties were married before their eighteenth birthdays. And a little under half gave birth while still in their teens.”

Recognising the need for education, he concluded: "When girls finish their schooling, they gain skills, knowledge and confidence – in short; they are empowered to improve their lives and the lives of everyone around them."

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Right on, Harry.