The event which has been billed as “The Power of Women: An Evening with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex” is raising money to invest in the lives of women and girls in central Indiana. Advisory board chair Tavonna Harris Askew said: “Women’s Fund of Central Indiana believes in the force of women’s voices, women’s experiences and women’s work. We know that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex does, too. We are honoured that she will join us on this special evening to celebrate our common cause—the power of women.” The event is “closed to the media” and guests must confirm they are not part of the media to attend.
It comes as Meghan and Prince Harry have been praised for their “moral courage” as they won an award for their work on racial justice, mental health and causes that make a positive social impact.
The royal couple have been named as Ripple Of Hope Award laureates by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR) organisation for the work they do through their Archewell Foundation.
They join Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky who has also been honoured this year.
The award is given to those judged an exemplary leader across government, business, advocacy or entertainment, and who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice, and human rights.
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Harry and Meghan were chosen because they have “demonstrated a lifelong commitment to building strong and equitable communities, advancing the global dialogue around mental health, and advocating for a better world – both on and offline,” the organisers said.
Since co-founding the Archewell Foundation in 2020 the couple has found “remarkable ways” to progress their “mission to uplift and unite communities”, the citation added.
RFKHR highlighted causes that Harry and Meghan have supported, including supporting Afghan refugees seeking resettlement, to backing paid parental leave in the US, investing in organisations working in Ukraine and partnering with the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People to create the first digital civil rights award.
They were also praised for their work with the World Health Organisation, People’s Vaccine and Global Citizen groups to champion vaccine access globally and raise funds to buy doses for frontline health workers.
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Harry and Meghan join a host of high-profile powerful figures who have won the award including former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, current president Joe Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris.
Also recognised in past years have been Anglican bishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, Apple chief executive Tim Cook, actor George Clooney, Irish musician Bono, American footballer Colin Kaepernick, US politicians Stacey Abrams and John Lewis and Dr Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to Donald Trump and Mr Biden.