Meghan Markle awards new grants to non-profits in honour of National Women's History Month & International Women's Day (IWD) 2022
March is National Women's History month in the US, and March 8th 2022 is United Nations International Women's Day. In honour of these events Meghan Markle, through hers and Harry's Archewell Foundation, have awarded four new grants to non-profits organizations whom Meghan describes as "working to advance gender equity, build policies that empower women and families, ensure meaningful media representation for women, and provide women with a network of tools and support for gaining employment."
The four organizations that are benefitting from these new grants are ones that Harry and Meghan have worked with before:
- The Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown University Law Center who are described as conducting ground breaking research to help schools, hospitals, the juvenile justice system, and other public systems better support marginalized girls. Archewell’s support is allowing the Initiative to deepen and expand its work recognizing and cultivating Black girls’ leadership, reducing discriminatory school discipline, and strengthening trauma-informed practices so that girls can heal and thrive.
National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has been fighting for gender justice in the United States for the past 50 years. Archewell say that they are proud to support the Center and its pioneering work to ensure that women and girls can live, learn, and work with safety, dignity, and equality.
The 19th. Archewell Foundation state that they believe that trusted and community-based news outlets play a vital part of improving everyone’s experience and understanding online. The 19th is an independent, non-profit newsroom that reports on gender, politics and policy. Support from Archewell has allowed the 19th to expand its coverage of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities and advance generous leave and caregiving policies inside the organization
Smart Works UK. Since 2019, Meghan has been Patron of Smart Works, a UK charity that exists to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives. Archewell Foundation’s support will enable the creation of the Smart Works Female Unemployment Index, which will be an extremely robust study looking at unemployment issues that affect women across the UK, with the aim of creating an annual benchmark against which progress and change can be tracked.
The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women's History Month. The 2022 theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." both a tribute to the work of caregivers and frontline workers during the COVID pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.