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Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership

Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration:10 weeks | Registration open


Course Developers

Ms. Martha Farrell

Ms. Martha Farrell, (Director), PRIA,an alumnus of Delhi University, Ms. Farrell holds a degree of Masters of Social Work. Her career spans more than 25 years in the field of education, research and policy advocacy, especially on issues related to gender. She has written extensively on women and gender related issues and has presented papers in various national and international conferences and workshops. She has written manuals for the teaching of the adult learner which are translated into several languages and used extensively in the Adult Literacy Programme of the country. In recent years, she has established the PRIA International Academy of Lifelong Learning. Her research areas and interests include women's political empowerment, gender mainstreaming in organisations (especially the issue of prevention of sexual harassment) and continuing education and local governance.

Ms. Nandita Pradhan Bhatt

Ms. Nandita Pradhan Bhatt, (Assistant Programme Manager), PIALL is a development professional and has been associated with the sector for more than 12 years. During her career as a development professional, among other things, Nandita has focused upon Gender Mainstreaming at an institutional level, which has included working on the prevention and redressal of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Despite various affirmative actions, including the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments that have accorded Indian women scope for political representation, most women face constraints in pursuing a political career.

This ten week course in intended to act as a guide for those individuals and organisations who work with WERs, interested in participating in the governance process at the local level- Panchayats or Municipalities.

It is expected that upon completion of this course, participants will develop an understanding of issues such as

  • An understanding of constituency building
  • Conflict resolution and peace building
  • Setting of agendas and conducting of meetings
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Building knowledge of the varied levels of governance – local to national
  • Public speaking
  • Media interaction


  • A one-of-a-kind innovative course, offered in a distance mode
  • Prepared by experts, based on practitioner experience, primarily in the Indian context
  • Real life case studies Field based experiences and illustrations of approaches and tools that have been used for strategizing programmes on strengthening women's active participation in political leadership roles
  • Course content that is self-explanatory in nature


Staff and constituents of CSOs, development workers, community leaders, students, women leaders, government employees, teachers, and political activists


On completion of the course the learner will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding on factors leading to engendered processes and systems of governance
  • Gain insight into factors that hinder women from participating in politics
  • Develop an enhanced understanding of strategies for strengthening women's active participation in political leadership role
  • Learn skills on facilitating enabling environments for women's political participation and leadership


  • 4 modules
  • Self-assessment test after each module
  • 2 videos in the course
  • Each module will have:
    1. Powerpoint presentation highlighting the content of the module
    2. Additional readings


Module 1: Engendering Governance

  • Looking at governance through the gender lens
  • Engendering Governance
  • Women's Empowerment

Module 2: Creating an Enabling Environment for Women's Political Leadership

  • Creating an enabling environment for women's political leadership
  • Conscious and sub-conscious processes of a group
  • Making Groups Stronger

Module 3: Concept of Decentralization and Democratic Decentralization

  • Types of Decentralisation
  • Limitations to Decentralisation
  • Gender Mainstreaming in Decentralisation

Module 4: Role of Panchayats in implementing the Government Schemes and Programmes

  • Five Year Plans and Women's Component Plan
  • Analysis of the Schemes and Programmes through the Gender Lens

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Appreciation Programmes
  Adult Education and Social Change
  Designing Participatory Adult Training and Education Programmes
  Monitoring of Adult Education Programme
  Participatory Activity Mapping: Defining Local Government Roles and Responsibilities
  Social Inclusion of the Marginalised in the Local Governments
  Participatory Enumeration and Mapping
  Participatory Integrated District Planning
  Participatory Social Audit: A Tool for Social Accountability
  Participatory Urban Planning: Making Cities Inclusive of Urban Poor
  Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace
  Tools for Social Accountability
  Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership
  Introduction to Social Accountability
  ICT for Social Accountability
Certificate Programmes
  Addressing Urban Poverty: Participatory Approaches and Tools
  International Dimensions of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
  Civil Society Building
  International Perspectives in Citizenship, Democracy and Accountability
  International Perspectives in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
  International Perspectives in Participatory Research
  Local Self-Governance: Understanding Municipalities and Panchayats
  NGO Management Foundation Course
  Occupational Health and Safety: Legal and Operational Guide
  Social Accountability: Methodology of Participatory Governance
  Understanding Gender in Society: Concepts and Trends
  Participatory Training Methodology
Training Capsule
  Understanding the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013

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