Feminist Leadership for Social Transformation: Clearing the conceptual cloud

How can feminist leadership development equip women and men to lead differently, and transform the architecture of power both within their own organisations and movements, and the wider world? In order to consider this question, this paper sets out some existing definitions and concepts of leadership, looking at them through a feminist lens. It then looks in greater depth at concepts around feminist leadership, and ‘unpacks’ it into four areas: power, principles and values, politics and purpose, and practices. The paper goes on to consider the sites of feminist leadership (for example the family, the state, the market and civil society), and finally, asks ‘what does it look like?’ with some practical examples to ground the discussion.

Voting has closed in India’s massive elections - thought to be the world’s largest - with record turnout: 540 million voters, 66.4% of those eligible, going to the polls.

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Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Guidebook to Promote Women's Political Participation

This publication identifies targeted interventions for promoting the stronger presence and influence of women in political parties as well as advancing gender equality issues in party policies and platforms. The lessons learned and common strategies in this Guide are drawn mainly, but not exclusively, from 20 case studies that were commissioned by UNDP and conducted by NDI during 2009-2010. The entry points identified are designed to provide ideas for action for political parties, development assistance providers, party foundations, and CSOs in their work to support parties. This full length version, including 20 case studies, is available in English.  The “Good Practices Guide” (abridged version) is available in English, French, Russian and Arabic.

Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties
How women participate in political parties – and how those parties encourage and nurture women’s involvement and incorporate gender-equality issues – are key determinants of women’s political empowerment. They are also key to ensuring gender-equality issues are addressed in the wider society. If strategies to promote women’s involvement in the political process are to be effective, they should be linked to steps parties can take across the specific phases of the electoral cycle – the preelectoral, electoral and post-electoral phases – and to the organization and financing of the parties themselves.    The most effective strategies to increase women’s participation in political parties combine reforms to political institutions with targeted support to women party activists within and outside party structures, women candidates and elected officials. These strategies require the cooperation of a variety of actors and political parties from across the political spectrum.   The Guide identifies targeted interventions that political parties can take to empower women. It is structured according to four phases, following an electoral cycle approach.

Authors: Julie Ballington
Publication Country: USA
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: UNDP and NDI