Meghan Markle Takes Humanitarian Trip To India To Help Impoverished Women

The California-born actress has traveled to India to discuss women's education, hygiene and healthcare

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While almost one million women took to the streets across the world on Saturday to show solidarity and support for women's rights, Meghan Markle was championing the cause further afield – in India, to be exact.

The Suits actress and devoted philanthropist landed in the capital region on Delhi on 17 January 2017, to complete a mission with international charity World Vision, a relief organisation for which she's been a Global Ambassador for since 2016.

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During her five-day visit to Delhi, Markle reportedly learned about issues affecting women and young girls in local slum communities and took part in discussions on education, healthcare, hygiene, female empowerment and economic development.

According to US Weekly, the 35-year-old star has been planning the trip for eight months.

The trip echoes that of World Vision Canada's 'Rise Up! Daughter of India' initiative, which aims to tackle gender-based discrimination and engage the Indian community in Canada to help Indian girls stay in education, with improved toilet facilities in schools.

These children love learning and playing games at a Child Friendly Space in India!

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According to the initiative's website, '63 million girls do not have access to toilet facilities in India forcing them to 'go' outside' – a contributing factor to the high levels of girls who decide to drop out of full-time education after they start menstruating.

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While in India, Markle reportedly spend time in Mumbai's slums with Suhani Jalota – a Duke University student from India who founded the Myna Mahila Foundation to empower and employ poor women in the city and produce sanitary towels.

Prince Harry's girlfriend also met with several community leaders and activists in Delhi, including former member of the National Commission for Women, Shamina Shafiq, to discuss the improvement of education, hygiene and sanitation in schools.

Markles and Jalota were also joined by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Jockin Arputham on the trip, whose organization the National Slum Dwellers Federation works to help homeless women and women living in slum communities gain access to housing and sanitation.

A beautiful day 1 in #Rwanda with @worldvisioncan. So happy to be back ✌🏼️

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However, this isn't the first time Markle has travelled abroad to work with World Vision.

Last year, she journeyed to Africa to help bring clean water to impoverished communities, visited schoolchildren in Rwanda and met with female parliamentarians and women in charge of refugee camps outside of Kigali, according to her blog The Tig.

Dance time. @worldvisioncan (🎥: @gaborjurina ) #Rwanda

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Markle's selfless volunteer work is similar to that of her boyfriend and his late mother, Princess Diana, whose humanitarian work has seen them travel across the world with organizations such as UNICEF, Sentebale, and National AIDS Trust to help those in need.

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