The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has met with a group of women leaders in Cape Town, to better understand the roles they play in their communities.

They included former anti-apartheid activists, academics and politicians such as Sophia de Bruyn, Mamphela Ramphele and Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.

They shared their struggles for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The Duchess says she has been fighting for the rights of women and girls most of her life, and that it has been very powerful to hear first-hand from all of them.

She says gender-based violence is a global issue.