Leadership

Leadership and empowerment are at the very core of the Women’s Learning Partnership’s work.

Leadership Concept

We believe in leadership that is participatory, horizontal, and dialogue-based. Our participatory leadership concept promotes sharing power and respect, which creates a group synergy that both empowers the individual and mobilizes collective action towards democratization. The concept forms the basis for all WLP publications, trainings, advocacy and relationships.

WLP aims to empower women to take on leadership roles in their families, communities and societies in order to realize their own visions of a better future. We strive both for a quantitative change in the number of women in formal leadership roles, and a qualitative change in the type of leadership women exercise. Not only women, but all of society, will gain politically, economically, and culturally by leveling the power imbalance between men and women.

Leadership Curriculum

Working in cooperation with grassroots partner organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, WLP has developed culture-specific leadership training curriculum, including Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women and Leading To Choices: A Multimedia Curriculum for Leadership Learning.

The curriculum uses interactive exercises and real-life case studies to convey the concept of participatory leadership and to enable training participants to develop personal leadership skills, such as communicating effectively, appreciating diversity, building consensus, creating a group vision, and developing an action plan. The Leading to Choices manual is available in over 18 culture-specific editions, each of which has been adapted by an indigenous women’s organization to ensure both linguistic and cultural suitability for the intended audience.

Leadership Training and Outcome

The innovative curriculum is used by WLP and our partners to conduct leadership trainings in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East through interactive Leading to Choices leadership workshops, Regional Learning Institutes for Women’s Leadership and Training of Trainers, and eCourses (online distance learning courses). Training participants include women activists, academics, domestic workers, factory workers, NGO leaders, politicians, refugees, students, indigenous women, and women with disabilities.

WLP's leadership training participants consistently report a sustained shift in their view of leadership from hierarchical and power-oriented models to democratic models based on consensus-building, participation and cooperation. Following the trainings, participants also establish more equal relations in the family and participate in civil society and political activities at higher levels than non-participants. In many cases, workshop participants have mobilized collectively to address shared challenges; participants have also gone on to accept formal leadership roles at the local, national, and international levels.

Alerts & Updates
April 10, 2014 | Leading to Action, Middle East, Leadership, Jordan
From January 30-February 3, 2014 WLP Jordan/Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) held the second phase of the MENA Regional Training of Trainers Institute in Women’s Leadership and Political Participation (TOT) in Amman, Jordan with participants representing organizations in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
April 10, 2014 | Americas, Leading To Choices, Brazil, Leadership
WLP’s partner in Brazil, Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaçao e Açao (Cepia), has launched an initiative to build the leadership capabilities of women from the Pacified Communities of Rio de Janeiro. The UPP Program (Pacification Police Units) was established in 2008 in response to the high level of violence in low income urban communities (favelas). The UPPs provide a permanent police presence in the community, including more intensive policing and provision of social services.
November 30, 2012 | 2012 Events, art, IMOW, inter-generational, Leadership
This fall WLP President Mahnaz Afkhami curated On Generations for the International Museum of Women's Curating Change. This exhibit features the voices of women thought-leaders, filmmakers, and activists who curate their favorite stories from IMOW's rich global archives. 
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