The aim of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal Number 3 (MDG3) is to promote gender equality and empower women, a priority being to strengthen the role of women in leadership.
Let’s think about that one. Somehow the General Assembly of the United Nations recognised that, right across the world, women must play a more pronounced role in the leadership of their countries. But what would it actually take to bring that about? Women taking on the task of leadership need to grow their inner self-leadership qualities to the point where they have the necessary strength, intactness and integrity to be able to resist corruption, resist being undermined, are prepared to stand together in support of their sisters, and can powerfully demonstrate the qualities of feminine leadership which are vital to building a better and more equitable society.
We contend that to lead transformation, a process of inner development and alignment must be undertaken, coupled with continued commitment to a refining purpose. These two ingredients form the basis for self leadership. The skills for these processes are not necessarily innate in all. They can be learned; however they are vital to a woman living within the complex, pressured environment of a civic administration, a parliamentary role, in business or in the leadership of the third sector.
The chief challenge is how best to prepare a generation of women with the attitudes, skills and development to deliver ‘transformative leadership’ in government, business and the third sector. Transformative leadership in this sense incorporates the inherent capacity of an individual to read the goals and purposes of their constituents and having the qualities to provide the opportunity for their constituents to make safe progress towards these goals.
Feminenza’s contribution to MDG 3
We propose to develop a pool of conscious, development-minded and accountable women leaders who can, by following a well mapped set of courses:
- Develop an inherently sound understanding of the challenges and qualities which accompany their goals or purposes
- Acquire the knowledge, establish the attitudes and grow skills and qualities needed to be equal to those challenges
- Work with their constituency to deliver the required transformation of attitude and strategy
Countries and Focus
Following the success of this work in America and Europe, and an initial pilot in Mombasa in Kenya, we have chosen to focus the bulk of our investment in the Great Lakes Region, starting with Kenya. Initially we shall seek applications from women aspiring to – or within – government, civil administration, business or the third sector, irrespective of their background, education, or domicile within Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo:
- Aspiring leaders
- Civil administration seniors, community elders, community promoters, NGO senior officers, or candidates for such positions
- Parliamentarians or aspiring parliamentarians
Specific Project Objectives
- Enable women to access a proven framework of leadership training that continually equips the participant to recognise and address her long-term inner and outer development challenges. This goes beyond briefing on rights: it is a specialised course, designed for women, aimed at giving them the tools to endure and guide long-term solutions into place.
- To establish a body of educators who will be able to provide such access and training in an affordable way.