About

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.

Stay tuned and join the conversation!
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The team behind the series

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 the Feminist Leadership Project, 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.

Sarah Luisa Santos, Volunteer

Sarah is a brand strategist and content marketer based in Berlin. She has over 10 years of experience in content management, production and strategy and is now volunteering at The Feminist Leadership Project. She brings in her expertise regarding Youtube content management and editing. Besides being a digital native, she is also a big advocate for gender equality and she believes anyone can be an agent of change for the betterment of society.

Beyza Sel, Volunteer

Beyza holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She has experience in journalism and worked for General Directorate on Status of Women in the Ministry of Family and Social Policies in Turkey. She is planning to study a master’s degree in communications in Germany. She is interested in women’s empowerment, children’s rights and cinema.

The Feminist Leadership Project also benefits from the support of the whole team at Fair Share of Women Leaders. We are grateful for their support!

If you are interested in volunteering for the Feminist Leadership Project, please email boveemily@gmail.com.

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