Meet Julian

This year, one of the girls who attended our East African Girls' Leadership Summit with Girls to Lead Africa in 2017, returned as a volunteer chaperone. Julian Easter grew up in Kanangu District, Uganda and attended what she calls a village school – it was started by the community and was not rigorous. When she was accepted into upper secondary school, she felt daunted, wondering how she could ever compete with the other students. It was during this time that she attended EAGLS.

Julian at EAGLS in 2017

Looking back on the experience, Julian shared, “At the time, I realized I had potential and I had work to do, as a girlchild. I found myself doing poetry and acting, I improved on public speaking. The affirmations were powerful and I still think about the panic zone and comfort zones. It really had a lot to do with my life. When I returned to Uganda, everyone appreciated my new-found confidence. Teachers noticed.”

She took the mandate to share what she had learned with her peers and, having learned about her right to economic security, she experimented with a project to raise goats and beans. In the longer term, Julian says, “The Summit has made me more assertive. I know who I am and what I want. It has helped me see the strength I have as a girl.”

Now a mentor, Julian (center) with girls from Girls to Lead Africa (2019)

When asked what she would tell girls at future Summits, she said, “They should take note of everything they learn and take back what they learn and be an example to the girls that don’t get to come.” Our most recent cohort of girl leaders feel the same way and articulated their goal of sharing with their peer circles.

We can’t wait to see how they put their knowledge and skills to action over the next two years.

>> We are proud to announce that we've added three more summits to complement our annual EAGLS - Regional gathering! Registration for EAGLSxKenya, EAGLSxRwanda, and EAGLSxTanzania are now open! Visit the event page for more information.