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Letter of support to HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle from African Women Lawyers Association
101 Whitechapel High Street,
December 12, 2019
Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex
The African Women Lawyer's Association would like to offer our solidarity to your recently, very frustrating and extremely costly experience to you personally with the British national media. We feel that you are owed an apology and better treatment by the media for your charitable endeavors and royal duties performed with elegance and represents women of African descent on a world stage.
Our organization, the African Women Lawyers' Association was founded on the principal to help women of African descent entering the legal profession progress in the various aspects of the profession. As such, it is a source of pride to have a sister accepted and married into the British royal family, seen as a mentor and the epitome of possibilities that can be achieved by the woman of African descent not just from the African continent but across the world and covering the Caribbean and Americas. For us you will always be special in our hearts as Rachel Zane from Suits.
The racial discrimination and defamation of character that you have experienced in the national press and on social media by members of the press and the general public has to stop. We urge the national media on your behalf to start portraying your story in a way that edifies and continues to shine a torch of aspiration to every woman through your exemplary achievements.
On October 29, 2019, this was confirmed by a letter signed by 72 women MPs from all political parties in the Houses of Commons calling out the callous way the British media has portrayed you as 'outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories.' We totally agree with this letter and do stand in solidarity with you and urge the national media to portray your stories with truth and in the legal premises.
Margaret Mwila Nunkwe Buter Caroline Newman
CEO / Chief Executive Officer Founder and Patron
African Women Lawyers' Association (UK)
Margaret Mwila Nunkwe Buter
CEO, African Women Lawyers' Association