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Leading to Choices:

Mon, Jan 1, 2001

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A Leadership Training Handbook for Women
Leading to Choices2001 / Women’s Learning Partnership / Co-authored
Introduction online

Published in Maghreby-Arabic, Shamy-Arabic, Assamese, English, French, Hausa, Malay, Meiteilon, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Shona, Spanish, Swahili, and Uzbek; available on-line at http://www.leadingtochoices.org.

Leading to Choices is based on a conceptualization of leadership as horizontal, inclusive, and participatory. The handbook includes a flexible curriculum that may be adapted and customized to suit the diverse cultural, political and socio-economic needs of women and men around the world. At the heart of each workshop session is a case study or scenario depicting individuals who discovered personal leadership skills that enabled them to address a challenging situation in their community.

Leading to Choices has been used in interactive leadership training workshops with thousands of participants in more than 25 countries in the Global South. Participants have included women, young girls, and men; Muslims and Christians; and human rights activists, academics, university students, women NGO representatives, factory workers, refugees, politician, domestic workers, and indigenous women, among others.

An introductory chapter titled The Building Blocks of Leadership: Leadership as Communicative Learning is available online.

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About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more

Books Display

Leading to Action: A Political Participation Handbook for WomenWomen State & SocietyToward A Compassionate SocietyLeading to ChoicesSafe and SecureMuslim Women and the Politics of ParticipationClaiming Our RightsFaith and FreedomWomen and the Law in IranWomen in ExileIn the Eye of the Storm coverWomen in Exile (Spanish version)Women in Exile (Turkish version)IRANHandbookENGLeading To Choices Multimedia Pack
"The conditions women have in common outrank and outvalue those that set them apart." - Faith and Freedom

"Iran’s One Million Signatures Campaign for the Reform of Discriminatory Laws is an extraordinary phenomenon. It is democratic, nonhierarchical, open, and evolving in a polity that is none of those things." - Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story, Foreword

"Activism women realize that awareness of rights is the first step in gaining a political voice and the political power to gain rights." - Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation

"We must be bold and creative, our feet firmly grounded in the realities that surround us, but our gaze aimed at the lofty possibilities that our advancements in science and technology promise and that our growth as a global society is only beginning to comprehend." - Toward A Compassionate Society
“A manual that, unlike traditional human rights law, reconceives rights as also relevant in religious and cultural spheres, not just in the public sphere.” – Claiming Our Rights, Madhavi Sunder, The Yale Law Journal

“A gripping combination of serious scholarship and popularising” – Faith and Freedom, MESA Bulletin

“A sad, lovely, horrifying, heroic book.”– Women In Exile, Women’s Review of Books

Quotables – Empowerment

"To play their role properly, women everywhere must become far more involved in the affairs of their respective societies. Women must become empowered." - Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women

"Rights and empowerment are interconnected: unless a substantial number of women in a community come to believe that they have rights and demand to exercise them, right remains an abstraction." - Faith and Freedom

"Women's empowerment is a process, a holistic approach that involves raising consciousness, building skills and reforming unjust laws that limit women's education, their employment, their participation in decision making, and above all, their opportunities for economic independence." - Freedom Leads To Empowerment

"[Modern information technology] has the potential to empower women in ways unprecedented in the social and cultural evolution of human history" - Making IT Our Own: Introduction