Building on the success of the Women’s Leadership for Social Change programme, Women’s Resource Centre has developed a series of training modules on feminist, social change leadership for women. These modules mix theory with practice and action learning elements and cover topics such as: feminism, intersectionality and leadership, the relationship between leadership, power and empowerment, organisational practices, unconscious bias, emotional intelligence, self-care, and project management.

“My ability to see how I could exercise leadership through a feminist lens is so exciting. I will carry these methods/attitudes/skills into my work moving forward”

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Content of training

DAY 1

Feminism and Leadership – an introduction

In this module we introduce feminism and intersectionality through a combination of theory and exercises where the participants get an opportunity to discuss and explore different concepts and terms. We discuss leadership through various exercises and cover topics of what we associate with leaders, traditional assumptions of leadership, how to lead well and the relationship with feminism. We also do a session on unconscious bias and how to interrupt such bias in the work place.

Emotional Intelligence

This session investigates the ‘four components’ of emotional intelligence through group work and self-reflection and analyse whether and how emotional intelligence is important to the feminist leader.

Burnout: Signs, Impact, Cause and Prevention

Burnout and exhaustion is a serious condition that mainly affects women. We investigate what burnout is, its symptoms and what causes burnout at the workplace. We consider measures, policies and procedures that the work place could take to prevent burnout happening to their staff.

DAY 2

Feminist Best Practice – Part 1: Power, Politics, Culture and Practice

This module investigates the context, values, organisational cultures and practices that are important to be aware of, consider and work with for the feminist leader. Through exercises and interactive scenarios, we consider the role of power, values, principles and mission in your organisation and their relation to creating social change.

Feminist Best Practice – Part 2: Participation, Pitching and Project Management to Achieve Transformative Change

This module focus on the practice and voice of the feminist leader. It covers topics relating to how to manage conflicts and challenges as well as projects.  It also covers topics related to presentation and pitching. It provides the participant with skills and tools for the effective management of projects for transformative change.

Objectives

By the end of the programme participants will have:

  • Built their confidence in taking leadership positions
  • Developed their ability to manage their organisation and others according to feminist values
  • Gained insight and awareness of how to use feminist values in their organisation
  • Gained capabilities of how to apply an intersectional and feminist way of working
  • Increased ability to lead and manage people
  • Built their confidence and gained techniques in public speaking
  • Developed their ability to manage people and challenging situations
  • Increased ability to create and manage campaigns or projects
  • Developed their capabilities in advocacy skills
  • Increased their ability in taking leadership positions
  • Gained knowledge about what it entails to be a feminist leader
  • Developed techniques to be a strong leader in their own right

The Facilitators

The training is delivered by two facilitators. Tebussum (Tebs) Rashid is the Deputy CEO at Black Training and Enterprise Group. She has over 25 years’ experience of working with the voluntary and community sector, not only assisting with organisational development issues, funding and fundraising but also helping create and develop new organisations and projects, influencing policy and societal change.

Evelina Svensson is the Development Manager at Women’s Resource Centre. Evelina has a life-long commitment to women’s human rights and is the initiator and project manager of this programme. She is passionate about feminism and human rights and has a BA in Human Rights and an MSc in Gender and International Relations.

Tebs and Evelina are the same trainers who delivered the pilot in 2018-2019 and also developed the programme content. Having two facilitators increases the high quality of the programme, as they complement each other in their competencies and capabilities. Tebs is a highly experienced trainer with 25 years’ experience in the race equality sector whereas Evelina brings a strong feminist analysis. Having two trainers with different experiences, and who are at different stages in their career, enables a less hierarchical and more collaborative setting with the participants. It also enables a safe, open and interactive atmosphere within the room. The trainers are personable and friendly yet structured and focused. In the feedback from the pilot, it was clear that the way that the trainers facilitated the sessions, enabled a safe space for the participants:

“I enjoyed it and appreciated having space to think about the skills and values that a leader of social change requires. I really got a lot from both trainers, who were very generous in sharing their experiences”

Cost

We are currently offering introductory prices. Valid for bookings made before 31 December 2019.

1 day: £800 + expenses for a group of maximum 14 with 2 trainers

2 days: £1,350 +expenses for a group of maximum 14 with 2 trainers

Contact

For more detail about the training and our offers, please contact Evelina Svensson on [email protected] or call us on 02076973450.