Think Equal: Leslee Udwin

Posted: 17th May 2024

The second ‘Most Impactful Woman’ of 2015 (second to Hillary Clinton, as voted by the NY Times) visited Mount Kelly Prep (Friday 17 May), as part of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) District Heads meeting, hosted at the school.

Former actress, BAFTA and multi-award-winning film producer, Leslee Udwin is now a human rights campaigner and education activist as Founder and Executive Chair of Think Equal.

Think Equal is the first global education initiative endorsed by the UN Human Rights Office that is introducing social and emotional intelligence learning to children in early years education between the ages of 3-6 years old.

This non-profit organisation is born from the insights she discovered during the making of her documentary, ‘India’s Daughter; the film which sparked a global movement to end violence against women and girls and set Leslee on a journey to explore what ‘education’ is and discovering what it should be.

Leslee concluded that there was a missing third dimension to education – social and emotional learning – which must be taught alongside numeracy and literacy.

Born in 1957 in Savyon, Israel, she is an actress and producer, known for ‘East is East’ (1999), ‘Eldorado’ (1992) and ‘Shadow of the Noose’ (1989). She was awarded the prestigious Swedish Anna Lindh Human Rights Prize (previously won by Madeleine Albright In 2019). She received the Activism in Arts and Education award from the UN Women for Peace Association, UN Association USA’s Global Citizen of 2019, and the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award.

‘India’s Daughter’ has been critically acclaimed around the globe, won thirty-two awards (including the Peabody Award and the Amnesty International Media Award for Best Documentary 2016) and sparked a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Leslee spoke to Mount Kelly’s Pre-Prep children and presented to Heads of Prep schools across the South West of England.

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