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Meghan Markle and Priyanka Chopra to speak at UN's digital Girl Up Leadership Summit

The three-day event is being held virtually and is free to attend

Priyanka Chopra and Meghan Markle are both speaking at the UN's Girl Up Leadership Summit, which will be hosted virtually from Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 15. Wam / Getty Images 
Priyanka Chopra and Meghan Markle are both speaking at the UN's Girl Up Leadership Summit, which will be hosted virtually from Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 15. Wam / Getty Images 

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Priyanka Chopra are joining Michelle Obama and director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit.

The conference, which will be held virtually this year, will run from July 13 to 15.

At the event Obama will share a special message on behalf of the Girls Opportunity Alliance, which is part of the Obama Foundation; while Markle will deliver the keynote speech.

Other speakers include Chopra; 2018 Nobel Peace Laureate, Nadia Murad; Nina Ansary, UN Women Global Champion for Innovation; Brazilian politician, Tabata Amaral; Mexican politician, Patricia Mercado; actress and activist, Storm Reid; humanitarian, Tererai Trent; actress Jameela Jamil; actress Monique Coleman; author and journalist, Liz Plank and speaker and activist, Wade A Davis.

UN "changemakers" and singers Chloe x Halle, Agnes Nunes and Bebe Rexha will also appear at the virtual event.

Also speaking are Facebook chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg; Mlambo-Ngcuka, director of UN Women and the Duchess of Sussex.

Girl Up was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010 with the mission of helping to achieve gender equality worldwide.

The conference will include three days of digital conversations, panel discussions and workshops. It is divided into six sections: advocacy, fundraising, organising, storytelling, Stem for Social Good and Taking Action with Girl Up.

The live programming on Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14 will offer interpretation and captioning in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and English. The third day, Wednesday, July 15, will feature in-depth sessions and is called a "Day of Action".

The times that specific speakers will appear have not yet been announced, however the itinerary runs from 10am to 10.30pm EDT (6pm to 6.30am the following day GST) on both Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14.

Meanwihile, on Wednesday, July 15, the in-depth sessions run from 12pm to 3pm EDT (8pm to 11pm GST).

It is free to register to attend. Youth attendees aged 13 to 25 get full access to programming, while adult supporters get limited access to programming. You can register here.

Updated: July 12, 2020 05:59 PM

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