A Programme for Strengthening Women’s Political Leadership in India

(Call for applications from aspiring women political leaders)


Stree Shakti, The Parallel Force with the support of Chevening Alumni Project Fund (CAPF) and in collaboration with Indian School of Democracy (ISD) and Shakti invites application for its first cohort of ‘She Leads – Political Leadership Programme for Women’. This 7 days online programme is meant for women who have demonstrated leadership capacity at some level of the political process and help them take the next steps in their political journey. The current programme will select 50 aspiring women leaders and prepare them for bigger contribution and higher political leadership roles. There is no fee for the programme and the selection is based on a well-defined criterion. Last Date for submission of application form is 7th February’2021


She Leads has been conceptualized in the backdrop of the women’s low representation in politics. Stree Shakti with the support of Chevening Alumni Project Fund (CAPF) and in collaboration with Indian School of Democracy (ISD) and Shakti, invites application for training programme for women leaders to enhance their skills for bigger contribution and higher political leadership roles. In 2019, India saw the highest voter turnout in the history of Indian parliamentary elections. However, more women participating in political life in India did not translate into women’s increased representation.

Of the 8,049 candidates who contested Lok Sabha elections in 2019, only 78 women made it to the Lok Sabha. Women hold only 14% of seats in India’s Parliament, which is highest so far. Increasing women’s representation is essential to building a strong democracy and global presence for India in the 21st century. Therefore it is imperative to enhance women’s skills in becoming authentic and effective leaders and to increase their engagement and impact at higher levels of governance. She Leads is one of its kind training programme for women aiming to contest elections for higher level of decision making bodies; State Legislative Assembly and Parliament.

Objectives of the Training

  • To enhance leadership capacity of women through skills, knowledge, and political acumen.
  • To create an online community of women political leaders to connect, share and learn from each other.


Programme Overview

Cohort Size – 50

The programme will equip women with the practical and multidimensional skills in political and social sphere, for them to play multiple roles as representatives of their constituencies.

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)

Training Schedule Duration of the training programme – 7 Days (in two parts)

Part 1 – 24th February to 28th February 2021

Part 2 – 6th March and 7th March 2021 Timings- 9 am to 1:30 pm every day, with sufficient breaks in-between