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.

Unconscious Bias Interrupted

This session investigates what unconscious bias is, where it originates from, how it can manifest and how it can be interrupted.

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

Power, Relationships and Practice

In this module we explore and reflect on power and its impact on organisational values, practice and culture. Through reflective and interactive work and by sharing tools and resources, we will investigate power, empowerment and relationship management with a focus on creating social change both internally and externally to the organisation. 

Values, Organisational Culture and Transformative Change

This module analyses and explores how the values and principles of feminist leadership are reflected in your organisational practices. We will investigate and identify practical steps to aide this work and we will share tools and resources for creating transformative change and for managing conflicts, challenges and projects. 

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 designed and 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. 

Having two facilitators increases the high quality of the programme, as they complement each other in their competencies and capabilities. 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”

COVID-19 adaptations of the training

We have adapted the training to suit online delivery. We are happy to split the days into shorter online sessions. Please contact us for more information on how we can adapt the training to suit your organisation's needs.

Cost

After discussion internally at WRC and with our members, WRC has decided to provide a COVID-19 offer on our Feminist Leadership programme. We know that the pandemic has increased the financial insecurity of women’s organisations and we want to make sure that the training is as accessible as possible. Our new prices are as follows:

Women's Led by and For Organisations Civil society organisations, public sector organisations, private sector, etc.
Half-day training £450 £550
1-day training £850 £1,050
2-days training £1,600 £2,000

The price is applicable for training delivered to groups of maximum 14 participants with 2 trainers. The prices are for training taking place Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm*.

The offer is valid until 31 May 2021. 

* We would be able to deliver training on days/times outside of this but in those cases the prices may differ.

Contact

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