Women's Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation
The Building Feminist Leadership Roundtable (May 21-22, 2014, Kandy, Sri Lanka) was organised by WELDD, a four-year project (2012-2015) jointly implemented by Shirkat Gah – Women’s Resource Centre (SG), the Institute for Women’s Empowerment (IWE) and the international solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML). In 2014, WELDD was working in partnership with some 50 local partners in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and engaging activists in 20 countries, almost double the originally envisaged 12.
The Roundtable had a dual purpose:
(1) to share progress under WELDD and (2) to collectively reflect upon the experiences of building feminist leadership, especially in terms of the challenges faced in trying to ensure leadership is transformative and sustainable. This, it was hoped, would both help to guide the remaining 18 months of the WELDD project and, more broadly, strategise on how to nurture and sustain feminist leadership in today’s circumstances. The Roundtable brought together 34 multi-generational activists engaged in different issues from the grassroots to the international arenas, from across the world: Afghanistan, Algeria/France, Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, UK and the USA.