Leading to Choices

Training Manuals


Our signature manual Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women has been used in interactive leadership training workshops with thousands of participants in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Building on the success of this manual, we developed Leading to Choices: A Multimedia Curriculum for Leadership Learning, which consists of three videos on effective communication, interactive facilitation, and advocacy for change, and has been used in training of trainers for hundreds of NGO leaders and activists.

More recently, Yes I Can: Youth manual Leadership for Teens is the first publication of the Young Women’s Learning Partnership (YWLP) initiative. The manual focuses on the transformative leadership capacities of girls and boys, and helps workshop participants develop collective solutions.

Analyses, Agreements and Resolutions: Legal, Comparative and Advocacy Resources

Directory of Women Leaders

This section contains an online Directory of Women Leaders, particularly those from the Global South and those working on Global South issues. Designed to be used as a reference resource, the Directory seeks to increase the visibility of women leaders and help connect individuals, organizations, and networks who focus on women's human rights, democracy and civil society, peace and conflict resolution, information and communication technologies, and international development, among other issues.

Learning Tools

WLP produces culture-specific training curriculum for women in the Global South, particularly Muslim-majority societies. In cooperation with WLP, these training materials are translated, adapted, and tested by women's organizations indigenous to the intended participant group.

Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women

Authors: Mahnaz Afkhami, Ann Eisenberg, and Haleh Vaziri
In consultation with: Suheir Azzouni, Ayesha Imam, Amina Lemrini, and Rabèa Naciri

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Women's leaderships: Will the battle for development in Mauritania go down this path?

August 31, 2009

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From 13 to 16 March 2009, the Association of Women Heads of Families (AFCF) organized a training workshop for trainers in female leadership in collaboration with the Democratic Association of Moroccan Women (ADFM) and with support from Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights Development and Peace (WLP). According to Ms. El Moctar, president of AFCF, female leadership is feasible in Mauritania. “We cannot wait for a favorable situation. One cannot expect that people give us the opportunity to evolve as leaders. It is up to us, women, to win and create this dynamic of leadership, whatever the political, environmental, economical, and social situation."

Leadership Manual Now Available in Kyrgyz

June 23, 2009

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Many of CAC’s Leading to Choices workshop participants, from Isfana and Naryn, were able to apply what they had learned when they became involved in the Fall 2008 elections, campaigning for local women candidates. Two of the Leading to Choices participants became deputies on local councils.

Leadership Skills as a Pathway to Employment in Kazakhstan

June 27, 2008

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Wishing to reach beyond the vulnerabilities of unemployment, workshop participants expressed their desire to develop leadership skills not only in their personal lives and communities, but also as a tool to build confidence and communication skills for interacting with employers. Participants hoped to be able to share their experiences and become mentors to younger colleagues.

Profound and Lasting Impact: Evaluating Workshops in Afghanistan

May 5, 2008

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During the evaluation workshop, participants commented that even though a year had passed since they took part in the training, they remembered everything they had learned because the training had a profound and lasting impact on their lives. One woman described how the Leading to Choices curriculum gave her the courage to convince her uncle to send his daughter to school.

Youth Leadership Institute Held in Morocco

January 2, 2008

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“The proverb, ‘It is through fun and enjoyment that one learns the most’ is well-suited for this training. It opened our eyes to a type of collegial and participative learning environment, based on a positive atmosphere! We learned a lot while having fun. We hope that this evening, our relationships will be ‘To be continued’ instead of ‘The End’,” commented one youth participant at the end of the Institute.

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