Partnership of Equals was borne out of a need to uphold the importance of leadership by young women in employment, public life, community and family roles.
Since 2007, our conferences and their associated education programmes formed the bedrock of work to give young women voice and visibility, as well as access to a wide variety of female role models from different walks of life. Programmes were designed to develop leadership skills and to support the confidence of girls and young women, as well as to profile the importance of their voices. For over a decade, they have been female only spaces with the quite specific purpose of being a very visible platform for girls and women in a world where the male has been the accepted generic – with all that it implies.
Our first programme was called ‘Women Leading Global Change’ and involved girls making a film about female activists in the UK, as well as looking at the issues for women internationally. Our next programme focused on the women who led the Ford cars strike for equal pay in Dagenham in the 1960’s, which led to the Equal Pay Act. These two programmes happened in collaboration with the East London Consortium Independent State School Partnership. Mulberry School for Girls went on to develop conferences on women in STEM as well as women who lead in business and finance, in the following years before returning in 2014 to a consideration of what should a great education look like for 21st century women.
In 2018, we decided to move on from a female only space to talk about equality. The Mulberry Schools Trust came into existence in 2016 and boys have now joined us in the leadership of this important conversation – what would a true partnership of equals look like?
Read more information on our dedicated website below.
For further information about our Women’s Education offer, please contact:
Ms Ayan Abdi
Director of Enrichment