About Global Girl Leading

Mulberry has been a pioneer in women’s education for over 50 years. It has long created spaces for women and girls to come together to grow and learn more about gender equality. A key part of this work has been running regular conferences led by students.

In 2016, Global Girl Leading was established following the visit of Michelle Obama to Mulberry School for Girls.

Global Girl Leading is a leadership development programme ‘by girls, for girls’. Supported by teachers, girls together learn to lead change. They co-create learning activities which include negotiation skills, teamwork, risk-taking and campaigning. They are given platforms and coaching to make their voices heard. Through this programme, they experience the power of successfully influencing change, learning resilience and finding self-confidence.

Global Girl Leading Conference 2023

Mulberry Schools Trust recently held a Global Girl Leading conference on Wednesday 11th October 2023 to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.

Now in its 11th year, the day highlights and addresses the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

We greatly enjoyed bringing students together from across the world to address these aims in a truly global way. Students had the chance to celebrate the progress that has been made so far and to learn about how they can stand shoulder to shoulder to face future challenges that may lie ahead.

The event featured trailblazers in a variety of sectors, with panels focusing on media representation and responding to humanitarian crises.

The stream can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/GGLLive2023

The aims of Global Girl Leading are:

To empower girls with the knowledge, skills, experience, and capacity to deal constructively and powerfully with gender inequality and discrimination when they encounter it. Girls should have self-determination and autonomy. Global Girl Leading supports girls’ intellectual and personal development so that, as far as possible, they can achieve self-determination and autonomy, having the power of choice in their lives and the ability to live as they should wish.

To build a global sisterhood of girls advocating for each other on the issues that affect them across the world. Girls will lead the change they want to see in context-responsive ways, with an ethos of mutuality and reciprocity at the heart

For more information, please read our full report on Global Girl Leading and its executive summary, as well as the 2017 Impact Report


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Past events and conferences

This page contains information about past Global Girl Leading events. For information about Mulberry conferences before 2016, please visit the Early Mulberry Conferences page.

Global Girl Leading Events are designed, organised and hosted by students.
They choose the issues events tackle, invite attendees and create the programmes.

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Letters to Our Daughters

Letters to Our Daughters is a performance poetry anthology inspired by President Barack Obama’s book ‘Of thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters’.

It contains work by students from a variety of different schools, many of which are part of the Mulberry Schools Trust.

The book explores some of the challenges the world is facing around equality, gender and identity.

Some of the poems are triumphant; some present a challenge to society; some are painful. All are moving in different ways and tackle themes that are at the heart of Global Girl Leading.