ONLINE EVENT – 9.00AM to 3.30PM

(British Summer Time)

“Digital generation. Our generation.”

In celebration of the United Nations initiative International Day of the Girl, on Monday 11th October 2021, the Mulberry Schools Trust in collaboration with Ursuline High School Wimbledon, present Global Girl Leading, an online conference bringing together girls from across the world.

Global Girl Leading will provide a platform for young people to stand shoulder to shoulder with others to address this year’s theme “Digital generation. Our Generation.” in a truly global way.

Now in its 9th year, International Day of the Girl, aims to ‘redefine the power of communication technology, and discuss the ways it can be used as a positive platform for empowerment and education’.

Throughout the day, students will take part in interactive activities and sessions related to activism and hear from trailblazers representing a variety of sectors.

The aims of ‘Global Girl Leading ‘are:

Raising awareness: to raise awareness of the information and communication platforms available for digital conveyance and the structures that ensure safety and empowerment when using these platforms.

Engaging with young people: we want students to feel heard in a language that translates for them the digital revolution is prevalent in the life of the current youth and this will be acknowledged throughout the event.

Raising ambition: Students will be able to expand their future aspirations by acknowledging the career fields available to them as a result of their educational opportunities.

Promoting leadership: by observing the skills and attributions required to lead, as highlighted by the panels, students will be able to identify ways they can improve their own leadership abilities.

For further information about the conference please contact:

Ayesha Begum
Women’s Education Officer
Tel: 020 7790 6327 (ext 230)

Insirah Taylor-Kamara
Women’s Education Officer
Tel: 020 7790 6327 (ext 355)

Social Media

Connect with us via the Mulberry Schools Trust YouTube channel and Twitter account @MulberryTH and join the conversation using the hashtags #DayoftheGirl, #GlobalGirlLeading and #partnershipofequals.

Conference Resources

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

Students outline this year’s International Day of the Girl theme “Digital Generation, our Generation.” and touch upon some of the topics and issues that will be discussed throughout the day.

Josefa González Ortiz Blanco Mena
Mexican Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Josefa González Ortiz Blanco Mena speaks about the importance of investing in girls.

Dr Vanessa Ogden
CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust

The significance of connectivity in the digital era.

Her Excellency will be interviewed by Dr Vanessa Ogden.

Each school decides on one action they would take to improve the quality of life for women in their community, if they became Mayor overnight!

The panel discuss the importance of internet safety, while highlighting the positive impact social media has on society.

Joining the panel are schools and guests from across the world including the UK, Israel, Malaysia, Nepal and Singapore.


With panellists (from left to right):

Rozella Marie Mahjhrin
Speaker and advocate for body diversity, beauty inclusion and mental health

Tobi Oredein
CEO and Founder of Black Ballad

Nusrath Hassan
WOW Trustee and Girls’ Education Activist

Banseka Kayembe
Director and Founder of Naked Politics

Grace Davies Redmond
Senior Account Executive, John Doe PR

Nishma Robb
Director of Brand & Reputation Marketing, Google

Offline structured discussion. Students will also use the time to devise questions.

Question and answer session to the panel based upon the offline activity.

Students use Kahoot! to answer 10 questions related to general internet safety and vote for their favourite answers.

A selection of guest speakers answer the question:
“What advice would you give to your little sister about on internet safety?”

Students complete a dialogue mat to test their knowledge and understanding of the video they just watched .

Schools submit answers to the question: “Why am I a feminist?”

Mary Ann Sieghart
Journalist, author, non-executive director and broadcaster

Hosted by Ursuline High School Wimbledon, the theme of this panel is based on subjects from Mary’s book ‘Authority Gap’.


With panellists (from left to right): 

Fiona Razvi
Co-founder and Festival Director of Wimbledon BookFest

Julia Waters
Headteacher of the Ursuline High School, Wimbledon

Caroline Moore
Professor of Urology, University College London

Siobhan Benita
Previously a senior civil servant with 15 years’ government experience and worked in Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government as well as in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury

Vidhu Sood-Nicholls
Director of Fundraising

Little Amal in Greece

This session commemorates the symbolism of Little Amal as she journeys as a refugee from Syria to the UK.

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

Global Girl Leading Conference

Mayor for the Day!

Conference Opening & Keynote

Panel 1

Big Sister Little Sister

Speakers Corner

Panel 2

Little Amal and Closing

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