Women Leadership Workshop (WLW)
NEST started organizing women leadership workshops from the year 2003 where, elected women representatives of Panchayats and the other women leaders participated. For these workshops NEST uses the WLW module of The Hunger Project, New Delhi. The Hunger Project trained NEST staff and also provided financial assistances to hold these workshops.
Already NEST organized 79 such Women Leadership Workshops where 1920 numbers of women participated from Jorhat, Golaghat and Lakhimpur District of Assam (As on June 2009)
Theses workshops composed of 8 important sessions
1. Welcome and introduction: In this session, the participants are welcomed and also emphasized the importance of them in the society as social leaders. Exercises for ice breaking and setting the norms and rules for the workshop are the main purpost of the session.
2. Social Citizenship of Women: In this session sociogram exercise is carried out to make understand the existing disparity on the social citizenship of women. The basic concept of SEX and GENDER is also discusses in detail with the participants.
3. Political Citizenship of Women: In this session the status of women as a political citizen is discussed along with providing information and insight on the fundamental rights granted by the constitution of India. This is basically to empower women leaders and inform them on the constitutional guarantee that they are having.
4. Leadership and Vision: This session is not information or knowledge sharing, but to facilitate the women leaders to explore their inner being and to recognize their ability of leadership and articulate the vision that they have for the society and the world.
5. 73rd constitutional Amendment and its advantages: In this session detail discussion on the Panchayati Raj system after and before 73rd constitutional amendment is discussed. Various important provisions of 73rd constitutional amendment Act including the 1/3 seats’ mandatory reservation for women is emphasized.
6. Steps in the Planning process and making vision a reality: This is more of a skill building exercise. Various steps of planning – importance, objective and modalities of each steps is analyzed. Attempts are made to orient the participants by practically doing some development planning.
7. Development of an ongoing Support Structure: Most of the elected women representatives are struggling to come out of the age-old subjugation in isolation. This session attempts to orient the participants how they could break their isolation and could create their effective support structures.
8. Completions: In the session of completion, the learning of the last days is consolidated and a tentative future course of action of each participant is decided. This is also the session of collecting feedback from the participants.