Too often, mainstream male leaders committed to parity and diversity lack the abilities that are necessary to make them happen, or arguments and data to uphold them vis-à-vis their peers and electorate.
The STG initiative Inclusive Leadership for Sustainable Governance provides new instruments, in the form of peer-to-peer learning, ad-hoc training, policy advice and mentoring, to transform leadership, create inclusive decision-making environments, and enhance equality in politics.
This programme offers to European male party leaders advanced skills training and expert competence development modules functional to achieving a diversified and inclusive leadership at party and government level, starting with gender inclusiveness. Leaders will be involved in simulations to understand how to establish inclusive political environments and communication. Additional sessions will outline available evidence on the advantages of inclusive leadership and decision-main practices, e. g. in terms of evidence on policy output and outcomes, economics, sustainability of governance, and electoral support as well.
Participants are asked to prepare for the training with a short inquiry consisting in asking at least one of their female colleagues about gender-related obstacles faced within their political career. Starting from comparing these examples, moderators and experts will outline a path that will take the political leaders to draft a personal development plan and a party action plan to foster inclusive leadership at individual and organisational level.
The programme offers a time-limited post-training support scheme including a few personal mentoring / policy advisory sessions and the establishment of a network among the participants.
This programme is possible thanks to the support of the Open Society Foundations.
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What you will learn
- Facts and data on the benefits of inclusive decision-making institutions in terms of quality of public policy;
- Methods to identify and counter hidden biases and discriminatory dynamics in personal, political and media environments;
- Arguments against and in support of affirmative actions such as electoral quotas;
- Elements of political communication and inclusive language to use in the electoral campaign;
- An in-depth understanding of why anti-gender theories and movements gain momentum.
- Design a personal and a party action plan to foster inclusiveness in executive decision-making bodies (government – party leadership);
- Devise strategies to defend inclusiveness and parity as core objectives of an electoral campaign;
- Build and support inclusive teams and policy proposals;
- Gain support as an inclusion advocate from peers and electors.
- Experiential learning, e.g. simulation and situational testing;
- Case studies (arguments about “politically correct” language, how to react to exclusionary practices such as “sofagates”, etc.);
- Peer-to-peer support and network building with other politicians committed to inclusiveness;
- Individual and organisational mentoring.
Information for applicants
- The training will take place in Florence on 11 and 12 July 2022.
- The programme will include 2 full days of in-session training.
Who should attend
Male political leaders working at the European, national or local level, European and national party leadership representatives, and political entrepreneurs.
Speakers & Trainers
- Costanza Hermanin, Research Fellow, EUI School of Transnational Governance;
- Ruth Rubio Marín, Part-time Professor, EUI School of Transnational Governance;
- Arun Chaudhary, Campaign Advisor, Creative Director and founder at Committee;
- Olivier Malcor, Independent Expert, Gender Consultant for OECD and UN, Parteciparte;
- Paola Profeta, Full Professor of Economics, Director of the AXA Gender Lab, Bocconi University;
- Debora Spini, Author and Adjunct Professor, New York University and Syracuse University Florence.