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About She Leads

What Is She Leads?

‘She Leads’ is a unique leadership training programme designed to support aspiring women leaders across all backgrounds, to run for office at state and national levels in India. The training aims to equip women with the practical and multidimensional skills required in the political and social sphere. Read More


Enhancing women’s political leadership is essential to building a strong democracy and global presence for India in the 21st century. Studies show that the higher level of women’s political participation and representation raise attention to women’s issues in general.

Women in high leadership positions in governments across the globe have demonstrated to have positive impacts in many areas of development resulting in lower levels of inequality and increased confidence in national governments. The World Economic Forum found that woman’s political leadership correlates to wider economic impacts and that the advancement on gender equity has positive economic outcomes for all. The key impacts of women in elected offices are higher educational attainment for women and girls, increased labor force participation and wages. Read More

Programme Partners

With support of Chevening Alumni Project Fund (CAPF), the first cohort of ‘She Leads – Political Leadership Programme for Women’ will be trained by Stree Shakti, The Parallel Force in collaboration with Indian School of Democracy (ISD) and Shakti.

Programme Details

Keeping in mind the restrictions imposed due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the first cohort of She Leads will be trained online. There is no programme fee for participation.

Topics that will be covered during the programme include:

  • Women in Politics and mapping power structures
  • Leadership
  • Constituency mapping and management
  • Communications and Media handling
  • Campaign tools and strategy
  • Resource management (team and ethical fund raising)

The structure of the training includes panel discussions, expert talks, practical work and networking opportunities.

Training Schedule

Duration of the training programme – 5 Days

Dates- 22nd to 26th February’ 2023

Timings- 9 am to 1:30 pm every day, with sufficient breaks in-between

Application Process

Deadline for Submission of Application – 31st January’ 2023

Who can Apply?

This training programme is for women leaders who are aspiring to contest election at state or national level. In addition, the eligibility requirements include:

  • Prior experience of public life including social work
    Or Prior experience of electoral politics or political office at some level (college, municipality, panchayat etc. 
  • Educational Qualification – Minimum 12th Standard
  • Age group – 30-55 years
  • Fluent in Hindi or English in addition to the local language

    A laptop with a good internet connection is essential for attending the programme.

    Selection Process

    The selection process entails the following steps

    Step 1

    Submission of online application by
    20th January’ 2023

    Step 2

    Informal video interview with the applicant
    from 20th Jan to 10h Feb’ 2023

    Step 3

    Confirmation to the selected candidates
    from 5th Feb to 10th Feb’ 2023

    Our Mentors

    Our Speakers


    Ms. Sunita Duggal 

    MP, BJP

    Ms. Sunita Duggal, is the Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Sirsa parliamentary constituency and currently the only Woman Member of Parliament (MP) from Haryana. Before entering the field of politics, Sunita Duggal was an Indian revenue services (IRS) officer and served her nation as a bureaucrat for 22 years. Currently she has been entrusted with the responsibilities of being permanent member of Finance, Ethics and Information Technology (IT) Committee in Lok Sabha and National Executive Member of BJP India & Vice – President of Bhartiya Janata Party, Haryana.


    Dr. Amar Patnaik

    MP, BJD

    Dr Amar Patnaik is Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from Odisha representing the Biju Janata Dal. He is also the party’s national spokesperson and head of the party’s IT wing. Before joining the Upper House, Dr Patnaik had long career in Civil Services. Dr Patnaik is MBA, PhD with Masters programs from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. He was also British Chevening Gurukul Scholar in 2013 to pursue studies at London School of Economics.


    Manisha Ahlawat

    She Leader and RLD party Candidate

    Manisha Ahlawat was Rashtriya Lok Dal Candidate, who contested elections 2022 from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

    She has studied MBA from Georgia State University and is a successful entrepreneur in Health and Agriculture sector. Manisha is a SheLeader from Cohort 2021.


    M.V. Rajeev Gowda

    Ex MP, INC

    An academician and a former Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, he is a national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress. He also currently serves as Chairman of the ‘Congress Research Department’.

    Dr.Heena Gavit

    Dr. Heena Gavit

    MP, BJP

    A medical doctor by profession, she is one of the youngest Members of the Parliament in Lok Sabha. She has worked in tribal areas on social issues like malnutrition and anaemia amongst women.


    Margaret Alva

    Ex-Governor and Ex MP, INC

    A senior politician and an advocate by profession, she has been Governor of Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa. She has served in both the houses of Parliament, and has had several portfolios as Union Minister of State.


    Ghanshyam Tiwari

    National Spokesperson, Samajwadi Party

    He has served as the advisor to the JD (U) government in Bihar from 2010 to 2015. He was also the communication advisor to the CM and party spokesperson until 2016. He earned a master’s degree in public administration and public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

    Tara Krishnaswamy

    Tara Krishnaswamy

    Co-Founder of Shakti and Citizens for Bengaluru

    A software director at a MNC, Tara is a Co-founder of Shakti, a pan-India, non-partisan citizens pressure group working to get more women into State Assemblies & Parliament, pressure MPs to table the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament, and the Election Commission to discipline parties towards gender equitable nominations.

    Bandana Kumari

    Bandana Kumari

    MLA, AAP

    She has served as Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly and has been former president of women’s wing of the party, Aam Aadmi Party Mahila Shakti.


    Archana Chitnis

    Ex-MP, BJP

    She has served as an MLA from the Burhanpur constituency of Madhya Pradesh for three consecutive terms- from 2008 to 2018. She has also been a part of the Madhya Pradesh cabinet two times, serving as Education Minister and Minister of women and child development.

    She entered into politics as a student leader, and has held many positions within the Bharatiya Janata Party.


    Namita Bhandare


    Namita Bhandare is an award-winning journalist with nearly 30 years of reporting experience for various publications including magazines Sunday and India Today, and the daily The Hindustan Times. In 2013, she was appointed India’s first gender editor for Mint newspaper and remained in that position until 2016. She is at present an independent journalist who writes a fortnightly column on gender for The Hindustan Times and also writes for Mint, IndiaSpend and Foreign Policy. 

    Shazia Ilmi

    Shazia Ilmi

    Spokesperson, BJP

    She has spent 15 years in varied aspects of television news and documentary production. She ventured into politics with the India against corruption movement. She lead a media campaign for the Jan lokpal bill, and served as a spokesperson of the IAC movement. She has been affiliated with the BJP since 2015 , and currently serves as the party’s spokesperson.


    Prithvi Reddy

    State Convener, AAP

    He is the state convener of the Aam Aadmi Party in Karnataka and and a member of the national executive committee of the party. A mechanical engineer by profession, he forayed into politics after the India against corruption movement – heading the movement in Karnataka. He is also the head of the fundraising team of his party and the Co- convener of AAP overseas.

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