Feminist Leadership and Movement Building Institute
The fourth Feminist Leadership and Movement Building Institute is a five-day course designed to strengthen feminist leadership, strategies, and collective power for social transformation in Africa. The Institute will combine reflection on the current political landscape as well as past organising strategies for women's rights in Africa by using a trans-movement building approach. Deadline for applications: September 10, 2012.
Looking at diverse movements in Africa and globally, participants will be able to relate some of the experiences and lessons from these movements to their own contexts, countries, and regions.
This Institute will be held in collaboration with GROOTS Kenya and Akili Dada.
The movement building approach challenges groups to critically assess how they have organised themselves to achieve their social justice goals. In particular, it enables participants to explore their political agenda, involvement of constituents, and strategies for collective action underpinned by reflection.
Using a movement-building lens, the process will allow participants to build their knowledge on the theoretical underpinnings of movement building, synthesised from analyses of global movements. Additionally, participants will identify the different intersections, interactions, common spaces, and challenges that social movements encounter when collaborating on issues of women's human rights. From this, they will critically assess pre-existing resources of the women's movement in Africa. They will also identify and explore concrete strategies to strengthen links between movements to advance women's human rights more collectively. The Institute will cover the following topics.
- Social movements and power-concepts and theory
- Movements, organisations, and leadership-theory and practice
- Current issues and challenges of the women's movement in Africa
- Women in peace and conflict resolution
- Women's political participation
- Assessing our impact-approaches and tools
The Institute will foreground reflection at the personal and institutional levels, which will both enable and challenge participants to strengthen their leadership skills and strategies to effect real change for women's rights and social justice in Africa.
To participate you must:
- Be a woman between 25 and 45 years of age
- Reside or work in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, and Uganda)
- Have a minimum of 3 years of experience working on gender issues, women's rights, development, and/or youth activism (voluntary or employment)
- Be able to demonstrate how you will use what you learn at the Institute in your work and how you will continue to participate in follow-up activities
- Have a working knowledge of the English language
Travel and Visa
Participants are responsible for incurring their travel costs to and from the Institute, and obtaining their own visa. CREA will assist with the visa process by providing a letter of invitation and required visa letters.
Tuition, accommodation, and meals for the duration of the Institute will be covered by the organisers. Participants will be required to pay a registration fee of USD 50. Participants must cover their own travel expenses. A limited number of travel scholarships are available on a need basis.
Accommodation will be on twin-sharing basis.
Activists and academics from the global South will teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, and films. Resource persons at the fourth Feminist Leadership and Movement Building Institute include the following.
- Srilatha Batliwala is an India-based Scholar Associate with the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). Her current work focuses on feminist movement building, strengthening women's organisations, exploring feminist leadership concepts and practices, and monitoring and evaluation. Since the 1970s, Srilatha has worked for gender equality and women's empowerment through grassroots activism, advocacy, teaching, research, training, grant-making, organisational development, and popular education. Up to the mid-1990s, she focused on building movements of poor urban and rural women in India. She, then, moved on to work in several premier international institutions, including the Ford Foundation, New York, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University, and since 2007, AWID. Srilatha has written extensively on women's issues, especially publications that bridge the worlds of theory and practice. Her most recent publications are Feminist Leadership for Social Transformation (for CREA); Capturing Change in Women's Realities: A Critical Overview of Current Monitoring and Evaluation, and Changing Their World: Concepts and Practices of Women's Movements (both for AWID); and an edited volume, Transnational Civil Society: An Introduction (Kumarian Press, August 2006).
- Hope Chigudu is Director, HopeAfrica, and an activist consultant and feminist. She is a sociologist and an organisational development practitioner. She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Makerere University and a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the University of Illinois. She has co-founded the Zimbabwe Women's Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN), and is the outgoing Chair, Urgent Action Fund-A, and a former Board member and Chair of the Global Fund for Women. She is on the working committees of the African and Uganda Feminist Forums. Hope describes herself as a casual labourer and a servant of women and their organisations. She is an internationally renowned consultant on governance, monitoring, and evaluation. She has co-authored Reviving Democracy: Citizens at the heart of Governance, with Barry Knight and Rajesh Tandon (published in 2002 by Earthscan), and edited a book on Lessons in Empowerment, based on the experience of African NGOs (published in 2003 by Weaver Press).
Fahima Abdel Hafiz Hashim is a women's rights defender/activist, researcher, and trainer, serving as the Director for Salmmah Women's Resource Centre. She has a Masters Degree in Documentation and Library Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. With over 20 years of experience in the area of gender and development, with a special emphasis on women's rights and sexuality, Fahima has combined research, training, institutional development, and consultancy experience. She has also travelled extensively, and has written and researched widely in the areas of women's rights and gender equality in Sudan. Fahima is an Advisory Committee member for the Global Campaign to End Rape in Conflict led by the Nobel Women's Initiative. She has excellent communication and training skills, both in English and Arabic; is highly skilled in fund raising; has a good knowledge of donor agencies, both domestic and international; and is highly skilled in facilitation, mediation, and team development.
- Esther Mwaura-Muiru is a Founder and Coordinator of GROOTS Kenya (Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood), a movement of more than 2000 organised self-help groups from poor communities in urban slums and rural areas across the country. She is also a leader within a global network of national organisations, GROOTS International. She has facilitated and participated in global forums as a key speaker and/or expert, such as in the MDG Global summit in 2005 and 2010, high-level aid effectiveness meeting in 2008, Expert Meeting on Gender and Human Settlement in 2007, 2008 Secretary Generals reports on Care work, and 2011 Common Wealth Panel of Expert on Social Protection, among others. Currently, she is working with the International Planning Committee for AWID Forum, whose theme is 'Transforming Economic Power for Women', and as a Board member of UNDP Equator Initiative and an active member of FEMNET.
CREA is a feminist human rights organisation, based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women's rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. CREA's mission is to build feminist leadership, advance women's human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms. To know more about CREA, visit www.creaworld.org.
GROOTS Kenya is a network of women self-help groups and community organisations in Kenya. It formed as a response to inadequate visibility of grassroots women in development and decision-making foru ms that directly impact them and their communities. GROOTS Kenya bridges this gap through initiatives that are community-centred and women-led. The network's objective is to "ensure that grassroots women are masters of their own destiny through their direct participation in decision making processes." Thus, GROOTS Kenya's goal is to strengthen the role of grassroots women in community development by serving as a platform for grassroots women's groups and individuals to come together, to share their ideas/experiences, to network, and to find avenues to directly participate in decision making, planning, and implementation of issues that affect them.To know more about GROOTS Kenya, visit www.groots.org.
Akili Dada is an international non-profit organisation, strategically investing in the empowerment of talented young women from underprivileged backgrounds by providing access to education, mentoring, and leadership development. Akili Dada believes that justice is best served by a diversity of voices in leadership roles and decision-making processes. Currently, underprivileged women are underrepresented and under-served by decision-making processes across the African continent. As a leadership incubator, it is grooming young women to meet the urgent need for a new generation of effective African leaders who are committed to social change.To know more about Akili Dada, visit www.akilidada.org