Feminist Leaders 2020

WRC delivered the Feminist Leadership training to 65 women around the UK at the beginning of 2020. The training was delivered in London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and Belfast. 

Following completion of the training, each group undertook a small-scale social action project. Given the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the social action project took very different forms. The groups showed great initiative and creativity in adapting their projects to the new circumstances. 

The Social Action Projects

London Cohort - Women and Poverty During the Pandemic

The London group created a podcast and a blog post on COVID-19 and its impact on women and poverty. The blog can be read and podcast listened to here!

Glasgow Cohort - Feminist Spotlight Campaign

The Glasgow group created a series of blog posts on feminism and anti-racism during COVID-19. The project will launch on Monday 17 August, when you will be able to find out more about the project and read the blogs here.

Newcastle Cohort - Women's Empowerment Toolbox

The Newcastle group created a toolbox with a rich variety of exercises and tools for training on well-being and increased confidence. The toolbox is available to download here.

Manchester Cohort - The Invisible Health Workplace Initiative

The Manchester group created a resource on women's health, specifically aimed at workplaces. The resource is available here.

Belfast Cohort - Women's Stories and Perspectives on the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Belfast group created a blog series on women's perspectives and experiences on COVID-19. The blogs can be read here.

About the training

What's it about?

This FREE programme provides you with theoretical and practical skills in feminist leadership that you will be able to apply in your life, in your organisation and in your community.

Who's it for?

This is for women staff members or volunteers at women’s voluntary and community organisations or groups in the UK. The programme is open for all but we will prioritise women who identify as Black and minoritised between 20 and 30 years old. The programme is suitable for emerging rather than established leaders.

“The training was exceptionally executed and has improved my leadership skills tremendously. Social justice and women’s right is at the heart of my being due to WRC. I worked along some very fantastic women who had amazing stories which have given hope and resolve”

Programme Structure

The programme consists of 2 days of intensive training on feminist leadership. The training covers the following modules:

Feminism, Intersectionality and Leadership

This module introduces feminism and intersectionality through a combination of theory and exercises where the participants will 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 module introduces the concept of unconscious bias. We look into what unconscious bias is, where it can originate from, examples of how it can be manifested in the workplace, and how to interrupt and challenge such bias.  

Project Management

This session cover things to think about when managing projects and provides the participant with various project management tools and techniques.

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, Prevention

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

Presentation and Pitching

This session provides the participant with techniques and tips on presentation and pitching. The participants will thereafter each do a short presentation to the group.

Social Action Project

Following completion of the training, the group will undertake a small-scale social action project where they will be able to put their leadership skills into practice. The trainers will return for a follow-up session to support the progress of the social action project. This session will include action learning elements that are tailored for the needs of the group. Once the project is complete, the group will present an evaluation of the project on the online platform.

The Facilitators

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. 

Time Commitment and Schedule

To be able to participate in this programme, each participant need to be able to commit 3 days for the training and a minimum 2 additional days for the social action project, which they will work on together with the rest of the group on times suitable for them (with facilitation and support available by the trainers).

The two consecutive days are the training dates. The third date is the follow-up session on the Social Action Project.

Location Training (2 days) Social Action Project: Follow-up
London 30-31 January 2020 24 March 2020
Glasgow 13-14 February 2020 3 April 2020
Newcastle 27-28 February 2020 2 April 2020
Manchester 5-6 March 2020 23 April 2020
Belfast 12-13 March 2020 28 April 2020
Cardiff 26-27 March 2020 24 April 2020

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“In an age of silencing and social division, the aim of our social action project was to have our voices heard and to show that despite our differences, we have a shared humanity. We all have a unique message to convey to the world and hopefully the women reading our book will feel empowered also.”

For more information about this programme please contact Evelina.