Before becoming Duchess of Sussex Meghan did work together with charities already. In January 2017 Meghan visited Delhi and Mumbai, India of which new footage was now released. She visited the country to promote gender equality and girls’ education, which wasn’t one of the standarts back then.
More in 110 million teenage girls in India – the second most populated country in the world – are at risk of dropping out of school. The Duchess was filmed planting and watering flowers, and painting signs with female students, who got new facilities installed by the charity the Duchess was working with. On her return she wrote an article for Time Magazine about her trip.
She spoke then about how a lack of proper sanitation in schools was adversely affecting girls when they start their periods. Meghan called it a “direct barrier” to girls’ education based on the “shame surrounding menstruation” in much of the developing world.
It was on that visit when Meghan was introduced to the Myna Mahila Foundation which works with women and girls in Mumbai’s urban slums. It offers the women stable employment and breaks taboos about menstrual hygiene by provide basic sanitary products. Myna Mahila was one of the seven charities Harry and Meghan nominated for donations at the time of their wedding last year.