Mulberry Schools Trust present…

Global Girl Leading
A Celebration for International Day of the Girl

Friday 9th October 2020
Online Event – 8.45am to 3.30pm (British Summer Time)

On Friday 9th October, Mulberry School for Girls is hosting their Global Girl Leading online conference celebrating the International Day of the Girl 2020. We are also delighted to have our friends at WOW – Women of the World join us on such a significant occasion.  Now in its 8th year, International Day of the Girl ‘aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights’.

The event will bring students together from across the world to address these aims in a truly global way. We want to celebrate the progress that has been made so far, and stand shoulder to shoulder to face future challenges that may lie ahead.

Students will have the opportunity to hear from trailblazers in a variety of sectors, as well as having the chance to take part in interactive activities and sessions related to activism.

The aims of ‘Global Girl Leading’ are:

  • Raising awareness: to raise awareness of the intersectional challenges girls across the world face, in a safe forum for discussion.
  • Developing leadership: developing leadership skills of girls, by providing a platform for young women to make their voices heard.
  • Inspiring the future: by creating a forum for young women to hear from current trailblazers in their respective fields.
  • Exploration and innovation: improving the advocacy skills of girls and young women, so that they can truly become global citizens, developing their activism and speaking up for those who are most marginalised.

For further information about the conference please contact:

Ollie Creed
Enriched Learning Coordinator
Tel: 020 7790 6327 (ext 257)

Conference Resources

We plan to publish and share our resources so that girls, boys and school teachers everywhere can take part in our conference activities related to activism. Please visit our Conference Resources section below.

Breakfast’ with Pinky Lilani,  an author, motivational speaker, food expert and women’s advocate. She is the Founder of the Women of the Future Awards.

Keynote Speaker:

Schona Jolly QC
on the Human Rights of Girls and Women.

This session will be in conversation with Dr Vanessa Ogden, the Headteacher of Mulberry School for Girls and the CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust.


With panellists including

Jude Kelly CBE (host)
Founder and CEO of WOW

Rahima Begum
Human Rights Campaigner

Schona Jolly QC
Barrister specialising in Human Rights and Equality

Kara Owen
British High Commissioner to Singapore

Ndidi Okezie
CEO of UK Youth

We are also hoping to welcome guests from Malaysia and Singapore during this session.

This will focus in on the progress in women’s rights globally to date, and both where we can go in the future – and how. It will run in ‘dialogue map’ form, as with the Partnership of Equals conference, facilitated by each teacher in their respective schools.

12.30 Lunch

a chance to hear from young people from our participating schools, talking about why they are feminists, how they are activists, and who has inspired them.


With panellists including:

Nusrath Hassan (host)
WOW Trustee and Girls’ Education Activist

Jing Lusi

Saliah M Bryan
Creative Director, Artist, Activist and DJ

Lipa Nessa
Host of podcast ‘I Think She’s Offside’, former semi-professional football player and youth sports ambassador

Dr Joanna Abeyie MBE
Diversity Champion and Founder of Blue Moon

Keynote Speaker:

Tiffany Drake
Executive Director of The Girls Opportunity Alliance, part of the Obama Foundation on the empowerment of girls globally.

This session will be in conversation with Dr Vanessa Ogden, the Headteacher of Mulberry School for Girls and the CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust.

Conference Resources

These resources are free and, if credited to the Mulberry Schools Trust, can be used to replicate this online conference. There are links to the live streamed and pre-recorded interviews, as well as links to any interactive content.

Video recordings from the conference

Breakfast with Pinky Lilani CBE, DL

Keynote speaker – Schona Jolly QC

Session 1: Activism in an Ever-Changing World

Speakers’ Corner

Session 2: Women and Girls in Arts, Media and Sport

Keynote Speaker – Tiffany Drake

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