Leadership, Power and Politics

Meet women leading in science, politics and policy. Introduced by Jude Kelly.

By WOW - Women of the World Foundation

WOW Event at the British Embassy in Istanbul (2019-09-18) by British Council TurkeyWOW - Women of the World Foundation


Jude Kelly introduces the theme of Leadership

"We still have women leadership under attack. 

We live in a world constructured around white, male, non-disabled supremacy. If we are going to really respect each other equally we have to expect to see leadership in a completely different way."

Leadership, Power and Politics: Nimco Ali (2020) by Paula Abu "Narcography"WOW - Women of the World Foundation

Nimco Ali - FGM Activist - London

" I still believe that real change comes from people on the ground. In the next ten years and post-Covid we have to build back better, building movements with women and children at the heart. "

Learn more about Nimco

Leadership, Power and Politics: Zaynab (2020) by Layla, a Storytelling Sister trained by Lotus FlowerWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Zaynab - Education Leader - Kurdistan

 "I am an advocate for women in any way that I can be. I think the courses taught in [our] centers, although they focus mainly on tangible skills, are somewhat also leadership courses...the ultimate goal of our community - not just reaching women and girls and teaching them new skills, but also teaching them to reach into their communities to do the same.”

Learn more about Zaynab

Leadership, Power and Politics: Keira Mull (2020) by Khamaree "Kham" OwensWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Keira Mull - Biology Graduate - Baltimore

“There continues to be an evident gender gap in leadership and political participation around the world. Even when women outnumber men (i.e. America), female representation in government offices is not proportionate."

Learn more about Keira

Leadership, Power and Politics: Gülseren Onanç (2020) by Elif KahveciWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Gülseren Onanç - Business woman & Politican - Istanbul

"We, women, will build a new system through global solidarity in our country and in the world. We will achieve this with feminist consciousness and solidarity."

Learn more about Gülseren

Leadership, Power and Politics: Tanzeela Qambrani (2020) by Khaula JamilWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Tanzeela Qambrani - Computer Scientist & Politican - Karachi

"I could see the disappointment in the eyes of those who wanted to maintain the status quo - but I was unstoppable. I learned to pick up the very stones that were thrown at me and turn them into the foundations of my success."

Learn more about Tanzeela

Leadership, Power and Politics: Bruna Benevides (2020) by Aline FonsecaWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Bruna Brevides- Transgender Rights Activist - Rio de Janeiro

"It is extremely important to see committed women leading the transformation process to build a new way of doing politics and demand a gender just society that enable the voices of all women to be heard."

Learn more about Bruna

Leadership, Power and Politics: Laxmi Ghalan (2020) by Buna DhuganaWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Laxmi Ghalan - Lesbian Activist - Kathmandu

“I fight for our identity, I fight for our dignity and for livelihood; when will this fight end, when will we find the sweet release of equality? It is my pride that keeps on fighting and will never give up."

Learn more about Laxmi

Leadership, Power and Politics: Jackie Huggins (2020) by Mana SalsaliWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Jackie Huggins - Political Leader - Brisbane

“Leadership is something all women have. We lead in our families, homes, communities and workplaces just to name a few. You don’t have to be in the public eye or the captain of the team to be a leader."

Learn more about Jackie

Leadership, Power and Politics: Yajun Sun (2020) by Liao LuluWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Yajun Sun - Editor-in-Chief - Beijing

"A small pink ribbon carries the mission of increasing physical and mental health and growth of women. I hope Chinese women will be more confident, more self-aware and freer." 

Learn more about Yajun

Leadership, Power and Politics: Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi (2020) by Mohini UfeliWOW - Women of the World Foundation

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi - Activist and Social Entrepreneur

Bisi was the Director of AMwA, she established the African Women's Leadership Institute (AWLI). She co-founded the African Women's Development Fund, (AWDF) - the first Africa-wide grant-making foundation for women based in Ghana.

She is also the Chair, Nigerian Governors Wives Against Gender Based Violence (NGWA-GBV). 

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