What’s Being Done On … Effective Networking?

World Movement for Democracy
Our greatest problems are the growth of extremism and fundamentalism, which always affects women’s activism, and authoritarian governments that are now both more threatened by current political conditions and also more prone to use these conditions as a reason for tightening their hold on civil society.

Mahnaz Afkhami’s Remarkable Contribution to Women’s Progress

Iran Dokht / By Pari Esfandiari
My path has crossed that of many extraordinary women in Iran, in the Middle East region, as well as around the world. I hope to be sharing the experience of being part of the women’s movement at the local and global level for over thirty years and reflect [in my memoirs] upon the way women learn from each other and work together and the challenges and opportunities they face in the troubled times in which we live.

Leadership and Learning Societies

jump (cc) Bernat CaseroIn Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women
To lead is to communicate. For leadership to exist, we need at least two people who in some way relate to each other. No one can lead in isolation. Leadership, therefore, is a form of communication. Leadership is also an influence process; it is about going somewhere. To go somewhere, one needs to have a goal, a vision. Leadership, therefore, cannot be aimless. It has to have direction or it is not leadership.

Leading to Choices:

A Leadership Training Handbook for Women
Leading to Choices2001 / Women’s Learning Partnership / Bethesda, MD

Co-authored; Published in 17 languages; available online.
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…

Safe and Secure:

Eliminating Violence Against Women in Muslim Societies
safeandsecure1998 / Sisterhood Is Global Institute / Bethesda, MD

Co-authored; Published in Arabic, English, French, and Persian

Safe and Secure is a training manual to assist women in Muslim societies to identify sources of violence in the family, community, society and state, to communicate this information, and to influence governments…

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