Julia Gillard is the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, inaugural Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, and Chair of Wellcome.

CAMFED was proud to welcome Julia Gillard as Patron in 2016, when she met with our Executive Team and leadership from Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been an unwavering ally in advocacy and action for girls’ education and women’s leadership ever since.

Julia’s action-orientated advocacy as former Chair of the Global Partnership for Education galvanized governments and resources behind the global imperative of providing access to quality education for the most marginalized children in the world, the majority of which are girls. Julia led concrete plans through the Global Partnership for Education, the learning metrics and program scaling work at Brookings, and the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunities. The Commission was set up as a practical response to the United Nations’ announcement of the new Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 global targets designed to eradicate extreme poverty, fight inequality, and protect our planet – none of which can be achieved without major investment in education.

CAMFED has demonstrated an ability to make a large-scale difference to girls’ lives through education. I have been truly impressed by their approach to scaling their model while retaining an unremitting focus on reaching girls who are the most vulnerable and ‘invisible.’ Their results are well-evidenced, sustainable and replicable, and the societal consequences are deep and profound. CAMFED is creating a movement of future leaders who I believe have the potential to transform a continent.
Julia Gillard

Angie Murimirwa, Julia Gilard, and Lucy Lake stand center front with CAMFED Association Members

Angie Murimirwa, Julia Gillard, and Lucy Lake stand center front, united with CAMFED Association leaders at a strategic meeting in South Africa in 2016, when we welcomed Julia as patron.

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