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.


About The Hon Julia Gillard AC

Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and the first, and only, woman to serve in that role. Since leaving office, she has dedicated her time to advocacy, governance roles, and writing. In 2021, Julia was appointed Chair of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation based in the UK, which supports science to solve urgent worldwide health challenges. Julia is also the founder and inaugural Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL) at King’s College London and Chair of its sister Institute at the Australian National University. GIWL strives for a world where being a woman is neither a barrier to becoming a leader in any field, nor a contributor to negative perceptions of an individual’s leadership. In 2014, Julia joined the Board of Beyond Blue, one of Australia’s foremost mental health awareness bodies, and served as Chair from 2017 to 2023. As a life-long advocate for increasing access to education, especially in developing nations, Julia was Chair of the Global Partnership of Education from 2014 to 2021. She also led the Royal Commission into Early Childhood Education and Care in South Australia which concluded in August 2023. Julia wrote ‘My Story’, a memoir based on her experience as Prime Minister. Her second book, ‘Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons,’ co authored by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, explores the challenges women face in leadership. Her third book, Not Now, Not Ever – 10 years on from the misogyny speech, was released in October 2022.

Group photo:  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.

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.
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