Women's Resource Centre is delighted to announce that we will deliver a fully funded Feminist Leadership training programme to 10 groups every year 2022-2025.

About the Feminist Leadership training programme

Who's it for?

Content of programme


What will I take away?

Schedule and how to apply


About the Feminist Leadership training programme

The Feminist Leadership training programme will provide you with practical and analytical skills in leadership. Through theory, personal reflections and interactive exercises we will explore topics related to feminism, leadership and power that you will be able to apply in your organisation and community.

The training consists of three full days of training or six half-days when delivered online. 

All training in 2022-2023 will be delivered online. In the years to follow, 60% of the groups will receive face-to-face training and 40% online. 

Applications for the Autumn/Winter 2023-2024 are now CLOSED.

"I deeply enjoyed the Feminist Leadership Course. It provided me with an invaluable opportunity to pursue my professional and personal development. I can't explain how much I valued the space that was created in the workshops each week, and the learnings I gained from the other incredible women who were in my group. The content of the course was also well-structured, clear and highly useful for the future with loads of great resources shared that I'm sure I will return to in future"

Who's it for?

This is for women staff members or volunteers at women’s organisations in the UK. The programme welcomes all women to apply but will prioritise black and minoritised women and emerging rather than established leaders/those with little or no experience of leadership.

"It was wonderful. The most meaningful training I've ever been on. It's implications will be far-reaching, both in my personal and professional life. Thank you so, so much for being so incredibly inspiring, practical, motivating, genuine"

Content of programme

Session 1

Feminism, Intersectionality and Leadership

Introducing feminism and intersectionality through a combination of theory and exercises. We discuss leadership through various exercises and cover topics of what we associate with leaders, traditional assumptions of leadership and the relationship with feminism.

Emotional Intelligence

Investigating 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.

Session 2

Unconscious Bias Interrupted

We explore 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. 

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.

Session 3


We explore the concept of power, including its meaning, where and how it’s manifested, personal relationships with power and its influence on leadership and the relationship between power and empowerment.

Project Management

Exploring areas and aspects of project management and provides the participant with various project management tools and techniques

Session 4

Presentation and Pitching

Investigating techniques and tips on presentation and pitching through theory and practical action learning elements.

Negotiation Skills

Negotiation is part of our lives and we negotiate on a daily basis but when it comes to negotiating in our professional life, it can feel daunting. This session will explore negotiation skills and tools through self-reflection, group work and practical exercises. 

Session 5

Presentation and pitching

This session will continue the presentation session from the week prior.

Values and Organisational Culture

Explore how and whether values and principles of feminist leadership are reflected in organisational practices and its impact on organisational culture. 

Session 6

Applying your learning and reflections

The last session of the programme will be tailored by the women in the group, we have therefore not prescribed a theme or topic of the session. The session will be action learning-based and will focus on reflections and how the training will and can be applied in practice.

NB: the different topics/themes in the description above will be covered, however the trainers reserves the right to change the order in which each topic is covered.

"I thought the programme was fantastic, it's honestly amazing, one of the best programmes I have been part of. It taught me so much about Feminist Leadership. Connecting with and learning from women across the UK was amazing, and I really felt so safe and included to discuss and be open."


The training is delivered by two of our Feminist Leadership Trainers:

Evelina Svensson is the Development Manager at Women’s Resource Centre. Evelina is the founder of the Feminist Leadership programme and together Evelina and Tebussum have designed the programme and delivered it to over 700 participants worldwide since its launch in 2018.

Tebussum Rashid is the Deputy CEO at Action for Race Equality. Tebussum designed the programme together with Evelina. Tebussum has over 30 years' experience of training for voluntary and community organisations on topics including but not limited to: unconscious bias, project management, strategy and fundraising.

Inderjit Sahota has newly joined the Women’s Resource Centre as the Development Manager. She has designed and delivered bespoke training programmes and workshops with leaders from the community and voluntary sector to develop themselves and their organisations. 

Mariama Njie-Ceesay has recently joined WRC as the Project Manager for the Network for Black Women Leaders. Before joining WRC, she delivered training, workshops and programmes to public sector organisations across the UK.

Having two facilitators increases the quality of the programme, as they complement each other in their competencies and capabilities. Having two trainers with different experiences 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. 

“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”

"An inspiring and extremely informative course led by 2 amazing leaders, I feel privileged to have been part of this group of strong leaders and have learned so much. I will take my learning forward, apply it and learn more. Thank you very much."

What will I take away?

Overall Objective

Women are equipped to become leaders of social change personally, professionally and collaboratively; building the web of women leaders across the UK.

Targeted and expected results

As a result of the training, the participants will have strengthened their techniques and capabilities to be a strong leader, ability to apply an intersectional feminist way of working and skills in leading and managing people, teams and projects.

Women involved in the Feminist Leadership Training are more equipped to lead for social change in their personal and professional lives and with others. Women are more connected to other leaders around the UK. Women report a greater sense of confidence, self-esteem and self-worth in leadership contexts. Women progressing in their career.


By the end of the programme we anticipate for participants to:

  • Strengthening of their techniques and capabilities to be a strong leader,
  • Strengthening of their ability to apply an intersectional feminist way of working and skills in leading and managing people, teams and projects.
  • Be equipped to lead for social change in their personal and professional lives and with others.
  • Be connected to other leaders around the UK
  • To have a greater sense of confidence, self-esteem and self-worth in leadership contexts.
  • To be supported and more able to progress in their career.

Schedule and how to apply

Autumn/Winter | 2022-2023 (5 groups, 50 places available)

This training has already taken place.

Spring/Summer | 2022-2023 (5 groups, 50 places available)

Applications are now closed and the training is currently taking place.

Autumn/Winter | 2023-2024 (5 groups, 50 places available)

Applications for the Autumn/Winter 2023-2024 is now CLOSED.

Spring/Summer | 2023-2024 (5 groups, 50 places available)

More information to follow.

Autumn/Winter | 2024-2025 (5 groups, 50 places available)

More information to follow.

Spring/Summer | 2024-2025 (5 groups, 50 places available)

More information to follow.


For more information about the programme, please contact Inderjit on [email protected] or [email protected] or call us on 0207 697 3450. 

"I absolutely loved it. I loved being in a group with women from across the UK all with different experiences and from different communities but coming together to share and support one another. I not only had the wonderful experience of this but learned so much about myself and practical skills to use in my work and personal life. The hosts were two of the best I've had ever had - they listened, shared and it felt like they were part of the group and not the people telling us what to do."