On 28th March, Mulberry School for Girls hosted our annual Youth Conference. Its title was 'Unite against Hate' and it explored intersectionality between race, gender and other aspects of our identities.
We invited delegates to consider ways in which they were privileged as well as ways in which they were disadvantaged and challenged them to decide on actions they could take to make a difference.
The annual Youth Conference is planned and led by Year 12 students who invited guest speakers and panellists and selected workshops. Our guest speakers included Jude Kelly and Jess Ihejetoh, from the Women of the World Foundation; Dumaeza Nhlapo, a youth worker from the charity The Feast; Iman Qureshi, playwright; and Gareth Esson, a sexual health, relationships and well-being education consultant.
Tina Tchen, lawyer and former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, returned to Mulberry on 28th June to share afternoon tea with students from all years and to join Year 11 students' graduation celebration.
Students at the afternoon tea were able to ask Tina questions about her return to being a lawyer after her time at the White House and to gain her ideas on how they can prepare themselves to make as big an impact on the world as she has.
"Always amazing to spend time and have conversations with Mulberry girls. These are our future leaders of the world."
For this year's international Women's Day, four students from Year 10 and Year 12 represented Mulberry School for Girls at a reception for the Women of the World Festival, hosted by HRH The Dutchess of Cornwall, President of WOW, at her royal residence Clarence House.
Not only did students develop their networking skills, they also had the unique and memorable opportunity to meet inspiring female role models, including the Dutchess of Cornwall herself.