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 2024

Mulberry Schools Trust and Mulberry Schools Foundation are delighted to be holding a Global Girl Leading Summit on Friday 11th October 2024.

The Summit will be taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, London. Speakers and students from across the UK and around the world will come together to discuss and celebrate women’s leadership at local, national and global levels.

Ahead of the Summit, a variety of Global Girl Leading projects will be running:

  • Letters to Our Daughters (a lyrical letter writing programme open to schools around the world)
  • Student documentary films (a project focusing on women leading change in two parts of London)
  • Speakers’ corner (a video featuring contributing from students on the theme I stand by my sisters because…)

All these projects will help female students think more deeply about gender-related issues and develop their confidence and voice.

Any schools who are interested are welcome to join, including those outside the UK. If you would like to sign up, please visit: https://forms.office.com/e/mZYCB2LDts.

If you have any questions, please email info@mulberryschoolsfoundation.org.

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.