A piece in today’s Sunday Telegraph. The bottom line is the same as always:
- Woman and girls are strong and amazing.
- World to end, women most affected.
The Duchess of Sussex has warned that the coronavirus pandemic has “wiped out” a generation of economic gain for women of colour.
In her first television appearance since the Oprah Winfrey interview, the heavily pregnant Duchess pre-recorded a video message for Vax Live, a fundraising event calling for equitable global distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine.
She said: “As campaign chairs of Vax Live, my husband and I believe it’s critical that our recovery prioritises the health, safety and success of everyone – and particularly women, [J4MB emphasis] who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic.
“Women, and especially women of colour, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out.”
Speaking from the garden of her home in Montecito, California, the Duchess noted that since the pandemic began, almost 5.5 million women had lost work in the US, and 47 million more globally were expected to slip into extreme poverty.
“My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter,” she added with a smile.
“It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world.
“When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and support to lead us forward.
“Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now, to set them up, to set all of us up, for a successful, equitable and compassionate tomorrow.”
The Duchess, wearing a £1,900 dress by Carolina Herrera, added: “We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger; that as we rebuild, we rebuild together.”
Meanwhile, her husband, the Duke of Sussex, who appeared on stage at the concert in Los Angeles warned against the “politicisation” of the vaccine rollout in a video recorded backstage.
“I think the saddest and most worrying thing for me and my wife… is science being politicised,” he said.
“When we’re talking about life and death, which we’re talking about now, vaccines cannot be politicised.
“We must ensure that everyone around the world has equal access to the vaccine, otherwise none of this works.” [J4MB: I own a cactus with an IQ higher than Meghan’s and Harry’s IQs combined.]
Last week, the Duke and Duchess wrote an open letter to the chief executives of pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, urging them to redouble their support for the UN-sponsored Covax programme.
The couple called on all firms to temporarily suspend intellectual property rights applied to Covid vaccines, and for a “global public-private collaboration” so production methods for the jabs can be shared.
Their intervention came on the second birthday of their son, Archie, which they marked by asking supporters to donate funds to Covax.
Meanwhile, to mark US Mother’s Day, the Duke and Duchess made a donation to an LA-based charity that helps homeless mothers, noting how “vulnerable” women felt during pregnancy.
In a letter to Harvest Home, Meghan, 39, whose daughter is thought to be due next month, wrote: “As a mom, and an expectant mom, I deeply appreciate the significance of community support, safe and accessible pregnancy resources, and trusted guidance in a nurturing setting.
“These ingredients are essential to not just our physical health, but our mental well-being, and I commend you for leading a compassionate community that lives these values.”
She added: “Thank you for all you do for the women and mothers who are turned away elsewhere, at no fault of their own.
“When we consider how vulnerable any mother feels during the fragile time of pregnancy, we gain perspective about how especially difficult it can be for pregnant women of colour and those who come from under-resourced and vulnerable communities.”
The couple’s Archewell Foundation, in partnership with Procter & Gamble, donated products including nappies, cleaning supplies and other essentials for new mothers.
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