Lucy believes that social justice starts with securing every child's right to education. As Chief Executive of CAMFED, the Campaign for Female Education, she led the development of a transformative model for girls’ education – cited in Forbes, “How some of the poorest girls in the world get exactly the education they need”.
One of the most profound outcomes of CAMFED’s model is its graduate Association of women leaders – now more than 250,000 strong, among them doctors, teachers, lawyers, business leaders and government officials - who are at the vanguard of a growing global movement for girls' education and gender equality.
In 2020, Lucy was awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Development, 'the world's highest education accolade', for her work on gender equality in education.
Under her leadership, CAMFED has won the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation (2021) and has been the recipient of a UN Global Climate Action Award. It has also been recognized by the OECD for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. Lucy was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Honours in recognition of her service to young people.
Alongside her role as Chair of CAMFED's Executive, Lucy is a founding member and former Co-Chair of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative. She is a member of the High-Level Steering Committee of the Education Commission’s Workforce Initiative, and is on the Advisory Board of the Global Education Monitoring Report.
"Lucy's unremitting focus on ensuring the most marginalized girls have the opportunity to realize their potential through education and move centre stage, has unlocked an unrivalled pipeline of leadership that will transform education for future generations."
The Hon Julia Gillard AC, 27th Prime Minister of Australia
"Lucy positions young people as the 'experts', ensuring their experience in education is valued and their expertise is positioned to inform policy. For Lucy, no problem is too great, no challenge insurmountable."
Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE, Chancellor of the Open University