Strengthen Feminist Leadership

Feminist leadership is not just about women playing leadership roles—it is about capacitating women to lead differently, with feminist values and ideology, to advance social justice for all. CREA believes that it is a process through which women assert their rights by continually evaluating relevant experiences, questioning their roles in society, challenging power structures, and effectively catalysing social change. It enables them to live their lives as they choose, with dignity and respect.

 

CREA aims to strengthen feminist leadership for social transformation, with a focus on young and marginalised women as well as grassroots organisations. By building on the theory and practice of feminist leadership, and developing understandings about the intersections of sexuality, gender, rights, and development, CREA seeks to support feminist leaders who can further the transformative goals of the feminist movement.

 

  • Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—East Africa
  • Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—South Asia
  • Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—Middle East and North Africa
  • Ibtida
  • New Voices, New Leaders: A South-South Learning and Exchange Programme for Activists from South and Southeast Asia
  • Toolkit for Building Transformative Feminist Leadership

 

Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—East Africa

CREA provides training on feminist leadership and movement building to representatives of women-led organisations and women activists in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, and Uganda). This week-long course is known as the Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—East Africa. It builds the leadership skills of the participants and enhances their understanding of the concepts, political frameworks, strategies, and history of social movements. It also provides them knowledge about the theoretical underpinnings of movement building, based on analyses of global movements, and about the ways they can apply this to their work. The aim is to improve their work and strengthen the region’s feminist and women’s movements.

 

Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—South Asia

CREA’s Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—South Asia is designed for women working in South Asian non-governmental organisations. This annual five-day residential training programme builds their conceptual understanding of gender, feminism, human rights, and movement building in the South Asian context. Activists and academics from the global South teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, and films.

 

Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—Middle East and North Africa

CREA’s work in the Middle East and interactions with partner organisations highlighted the need for greater knowledge and capacity building on feminism, gender, movement building, and human rights for women activists and representatives of non-governmental organisations in the region. In response, CREA decided to organise the Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—Middle East and North Africa, led by experts in the thematic areas covered. Along with providing capacity-building training and resource materials, CREA disseminates case studies of successful strategies used by women to confront violence in conflict-ridden countries and to contribute to peace building through non-violence.

 

Ibtida

Ibtida (‘the beginning’ in Urdu) is a leadership development programme, currently in its third phase. It aims to build leadership among women and create a network of women-led community-based organisations (CBOs) in the Hindi-speaking belt of India. Ibtida has been implemented in Bihar, Delhi, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.

 

The third phase—‘Ibtida 3: Strengthening feminist leadership to realise women’s human rights at the community level in Jharkhand’—focuses on building the leadership capacity of elected women representatives (EWRs). The programme is being implemented in four districts of Jharkhand with 12 CBOs and 300 EWRs. This approach to build knowledge, capacity, and skills of organisations and EWRs will ensure development and better integration of more effective strategies to advocate for the rights of women and girls at the community level.

 

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New Voices, New Leaders: A South-South Learning and Exchange Programme for Activists from South and Southeast Asia 

Supported by the Foundation for a Just Society, ‘New Voices, New Leaders’ is a creative learning initiative between organisations and individuals from South and Southeast Asia. It aims to strengthen inter-generational leadership capacities and establish a vibrant South-South network of activists and organisations from South and Southeast Asian countries.

 

New Voices, New Leaders will build capacities of organisations, networks, and coalitions in South and Southeast Asia to better integrate issues related to gender equality and violence against women (VAW). It will provide learning opportunity for women leaders, including young women leaders in South and Southeast Asia, about ongoing programmes, strategies, and interventions in the region to address gender equality and VAW. In addition, the initiative will create a South-South network of women leaders to share ideas, resources, and information to influence policy and programme formulation related to feminist leadership, gender equality, and VAW.

 

Activities

  • Map organisations and issues in South and Southeast Asia, with a focus on young-women-led civil society organisations that work primarily on issues related to gender, sexuality, and VAW
  • Conduct trainings for organisations from South and Southeast Asia related to developing programme strategies and policies to address gender and VAW (anchored on a transformative model of strengthening feminist leadership)
  • Conduct an exchange programme to India for participants from South and Southeast Asian countries
  • Participate in CREA’s Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—South Asia
  • Host interns from South and Southeast Asian coutries in India

 

Achieving Transformative Feminist Leadership: A Toolkit for Organisations and Movements

Srilatha Batliwala, Scholar Associate, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), and Michel Friedman, Senior Associate, Gender At Work, draws on the work done for CREA’s Feminist Leadership for Social Transformation—Clearing the Conceptual Cloud to develop a toolkit, with support from Oxfam, to build and support the individual and collective capacities of women in leadership positions. A shorter grassroots-oriented version will also be developed in partnership with Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation (WELDD), being implemented by Shirkat Gah, Pakistan; Institute for Women’s Empowerment, Hong Kong; Women Living under Muslim Law (WLUML), London; and CREA, as part of its New Voices/New Leaders programme.

 

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