A series of discussions in international development organizations in 2018-2019 showed that while many development practitioners see feminist leadership as both a goal and a tool to transform our sector, few could explain what it actually looks like. 

This series aims to change that. 

With short videos submitted by a diverse and representative group of development practitioners, social change activists, and feminist leaders, this series aims at sharing what feminist leadership does – and can – look like in the global development sector and beyond. 

Videos will be shared in the media as well as at various international gatherings, and used to spark discussions within teams and organizations eager to embrace feminist leadership. Tools and curriculum will also be produced for our wider community as we grow and learn about best practices together. Overall, we hope to spark discussion about how feminist leadership, its tools, values, and methodologies, can help us transform our work for social impact. 

A Feminist Leadership Manifesto for International Development is also in the making.

Stay tuned and join the conversation!

April 2019 portrayed feminist leaders

The team behind the series:

About Emily Bove, Founder and Curator:

Emily Bove is a feminist leader, development practitioner and advocate who has worked in global development for over fifteen years.

In October 2018, she started a Senior Fellowship at InterAction, focusing on feminist leadership in the global development sector. She visited INGOs and talked to teams wanting to understand – and implement – feminist leadership within their practices and work.

Realizing that very few folks knew how to frame feminist leadership – yet alone live it every day – Emily decided to start #ThisIsWhatFeministLeadershipLooksLike, in an effort to amplify the voices of those walking the talk every day.

She hopes to inspire others to take on feminist leadership as both an ideological and practical mantra, transforming the development sector once and for all.

Emily currently serves at the Executive Director for the Batonga Foundation. She is the former Executive Director of Women Thrive Alliance, a global network of 350 grassroots women’s rights organizations in over 50 countries. She is also member of the FAIR SHARE Action Circle, an initiative with six intersectional feminist leaders in the global social impact sector who have decided to join forces to disrupt the status quo. She is the 2018 recipient of the One World Award for Feminist Leadership in International Philanthropy. She has been featured in Huffington Post, News Deeply, Philanthropy Women, Ms Blog, and the Inspirational Women Series.

About Claire Healy, Communication Intern:

Claire Healy is a rising Junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with Spanish and Arabic minors, a certificate in International Relations and a certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service. On campus she is an event coordinator for Sisters on Runway, a student organization that raises general awareness about domestic violence and funds for survivors at a nearby shelter. She is also part of a number of clubs, writes for the Daily Collegian, and volunteers at a nearby high school as an ambassador for Student Bridges. She works as a research assistant studying community justice courts for legal studies professor Jamie Rowen, and is a Communications Assistant at the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College—where she writes a blog on campus activism on the honors college website. Currently she is working as an Executive Office Intern at InterAction, and preparing for study abroad programs in Jordan and Cuba.

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