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Events 13 Sep 2023
13 Sep 2023
‘Ending GBV and Achieving the SDGs’: taking stock of lessons learned from local responses to GBV
Wed 21 Sep 2022
13 Sep 2023
“The Power of Feminist Leadership” Think Piece
In the face of global challenges such as climate change, growing inequalities, pandemics and backlash against women’s rights, it has become increasingly important for us to reflect on what changes are needed to ensure that the gains made towards gender equality are not lost. Evidence has shown that increasing women in leadership positions is central to advancing equality. However, in this piece, Srilatha Batliwala argues that strategies aimed at gender parity alone are not truly transformative, as we risk reproducing discriminatory power dynamics that perpetuate the very inequalities we are working to overcome. Rather, to be truly transformative, she argues for the need to change the principles and values of leadership and how it is practised, regardless of gender identity. In this think piece, Srilatha provides:a conceptual framework for feminist leadership an overview of critical steps to transforming organisations and leadership based on feminist principles, and examples of transformative feminist leadership in practice. Srilatha Batliwala is Senior Adviser, Knowledge Building, CREA, Senior Associate, Gender at Work, and Hon. Prof. of Practice, SOAS, University of London.