This is an urgent call please share widely! Groundation Grenada was invited to select someone to attend Advancing Women’s Transformational Leadership Training for Gender Justice in the Caribbean Workshop – January 21- 25, 2013, hosted by Grenada National Org of Women (GNOW) in collaboration with UNWomen, Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CIWIL), Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS). This workshop will be an invaluable opportunity to engage with powerful, compassionate and knowledgable women from across the region. We are honored to extend this opportunity to you.

**Interested? Email us ASAP groundationgrenada[at]gmail.com and tell us very simply why you would like to attend. Deadline: Friday 11th Jan. 3pm**

Photography by Sabriya Simon, Jamaica
Photography by Sabriya Simon, Jamaica

Why?

This workshop is one of the objectives in a regional project to support women’s equal participation in politics, decision-making and the advancement of transformational leadership by women in the Caribbean. The various rationale posited for low levels of women participation in parliamentary leadership roles include the result of culture of exclusion, lack of community support, bias within political structures, limited resource, absence of systems for mentoring women; lack of transparency in selection processes within political parties and inadequate understanding by women about the functioning of the political system. These obstacles are systemic, woven into the economic, cultural and political fabric of societies. The call for greater numbers of women in political leadership and national decision-making stems from the understanding that equal participation is a basic human right and that sustainable development can only be achieved if there is equitable participation of all citizens in governance and national decision-making.

How?

The training workshop therefore which will be conducted over a period of 5 days will be based on an active learning model that allows participants to analyze, assess and act upon complex issues. It will allow each participant to develop analytical skills, sound judgment, and the leadership potential to effectively pursue issues that are deemed important to sustainable national development.  It will emphasize a holistic approach to leadership through which participants will be expected to reflect and review their personal history in relation to the issues being examined.

What?

The content of the workshop will focus on:

  1. Building understanding of Caribbean political economy, democracy and development issues

  2. Building skills in political activism through a focus on political party and electoral processes, parliamentary dynamics; and constituency/stakeholder outreach

  3. Assist women political actors to develop advocacy and networking skills in support for gender-sensitive policies/legislation and other issues of national interest;

  4. Strengthen women’s political leadership skills and capacities to better perform their legislation, oversight and representative functions;

  5. Gender-responsive and ethical decision-making

  6. Equitable and effective leadership approaches and dynamics

  7. Partnership building with civil society for governance accountability

  8. Effective political and social communications.

Who?

A multi-disciplinary team of facilitators skilled in adult education processes will lead the training, with demonstrated competence in gender analysis, political science, philosophy, political organising, civil society organisation and leadership development. The training will draw on both academics and field practitioners in the delivery of the training.

Opportunity ~ Advancing Transformational Leadership for Gender Justice
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