Leadership and strategies of influence

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Teens et Adults

All human beings, women and men, have the right to participate in decision-making processes that could have an impact on their life, the life of their family or their community. Everyone has the right to become, to be a leader. In this course, we will explore what leadership means and how women can become leaders and build on their existing leadership skills to benefit their communities.

This course is about women and their abilities to become leaders.

Before we begin, here are some statistics:

Women serve as heads of state or government in only 22 countries, and 119 countries have never been headed by a woman. At the current rate, it will take 130 years for parity in political decision-making at the highest level to be achieved.

Only 25 percent of all national parliamentarians are women, up from 11 percent in 1995. At current rates, gender parity in national legislatures will not be achieved until 2063.

Data from 133 countries indicate that women constitute 2.18 million (36 percent) of elected members in local deliberative bodies. Only two countries have reached 50 percent, and 18 other countries have more than 40 percent women in local government.

This document contains the activity sheets that make up the training program on the leadership of women and girls. These sheets are intended for the participants of the Ideas Box. Most of the activities are based on groups and discussions. These proposed activities are suitable for people of different literacy levels and most activities require minimal preparation. 

All activities can be carried out with groups of women and girls. The age of the learners does not matter. Consideration should be given to carrying out activities with people grouped according to their age. It should be emphasized throughout the training program that female leadership is important for the growth and development of our continent.