WATCH: Meghan Markle urges girls to “be in charge of the debate on racial justice, gender, climate change”

People reports Meghan Markle is encouraging young women to use their voices in a time when they “have never been more urgently needed.”

The Duchess of Sussex’s keynote speech closed out “The Time Is Now” Women in Leadership Plenary at the virtual 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit on Tuesday. She used her video recorded message, where she appeared in a blue top with her hair long and straight, to recognize the changes young women are already making in the world — and urging them to continue pushing further.

“It’s such a joy to speak to you today. To young women around the world who aren’t just poised to change the world; but have already begun changing the world,” Meghan said.

“I want to share something with you,” she continued. “It’s that those in the halls and corridors and places of power — from lawmakers and world leaders to executives — all of those people, they depend on you more than you will ever depend on them. And here’s the thing: they know this.”

“They know that all of you, at a younger age than any modern comparison, are setting the tone for an equitable humanity. Not figuratively, literally,” she continued. “This is a humanity that desperately needs you. To push it, to push us, forcefully in a more inclusive, more just, and more empathetic direction. To not only frame the debate, but be in charge of the debate—on racial justice, gender, climate change, mental health and well-being, on civic engagement, on public service, on so much more. That’s the work you’re already out there doing.”

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