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Co-Chair Womankind Worldwide

Work in collaboration in a shared feminist leadership role of Womankind Worldwide; a successful progressive international feminist organisation as they embark on their 2030 strategy to realise their vision of a world where women, girls and people of all genders enjoy equal rights and freedoms and live with joy, choice and dignity.

  • Location: Wenlock Studios, 50-52 Wharf Road, London, N1 7EU
  • Salary: Unremunerated
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

For over 30 years, Womankind Worldwide has worked in partnership to strengthen and support women’s rights organisations and movements with the resources they need to challenge oppression and change the lives of women, in the home, the workplace and the communities they live in.

Led by our partners, Womankind Worldwide builds successful projects and amplifies women’s voices. By taking collective action with women’s movements, we advocate for changes to laws and policies across the world that ensure women’s rights. Womankind Worldwide pushes for a world where women and girls and people of diverse genders don’t just survive but thrive.

Womankind Worldwide acts as a force for change and works with women’s rights organisations and movements to end all forms of violence, advance economic rights and strengthen women’s influence and decision-making power.

We have recently developed a brand-new strategy to 2030 which will see us working in partnership with our partners to be more innovative and decolonise our practice, whilst learning and growing as a feminist and anti-racist organisation. We have secured funding for a multi-million-pound project to advance women’s engagement across Africa, alongside a range of other programmes with our diverse partners which have already proved to have a significant impact. Our current focus countries are Afghanistan and Nepal in South Asia and Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Africa. As a progressive women’s rights organisation, we are proud to work differently than INGOs. Our small team is based in the UK and Kenya and we work in solidarity with independent women’s rights organisations to support their priorities and strengthen the global women’s movements, rather than build our own infrastructure.

 

To continue to help us drive this important work forward, and to develop shared visionary leadership, we are looking for a collaborative, motivated and strategic feminist to lead our board in partnership with our current Co-Chair, Twasiima Bigirwa. In particular, we are looking for someone who has expertise in UK governance, an appreciation and an unwavering commitment to shared leadership and the empowerment of women, girls and people with diverse genders. We are looking for someone with experience operating internationally and who is excited about board development, implementing strategy and enhancing board dynamics to continue to develop a high-performing board.

We are looking for a leader who will work closely with Twasiima, share power with others, and someone who is self-reflexive. To ensure the success of the co-chair model, we are looking for people who can share their vision of how they would like to start their

relationship, how they will take time with Twasiima to understand each other’s needs and clearly define the distribution of work and clarity of communication methods that will help set up the co-leads for a successful term of shared leadership. We will support and empower these ways of working to be communicated across the organisation.

The Board meets four times a year, with usually two meetings at 8am and two meetings at 4pm. Meetings run for a few hours, and are held in Central London and/or hybrid. We also have a Finance and Resources Committee which meets four to five times a year virtually and in person. We expect the time commitment for the Co-Chair to be circa three days a month. This will be spread across various activities including board meetings, ad hoc phone calls, emails, liaising with the Chief Executive, team and other board members, reading board papers, providing support and challenge and attending a handful of external activities such as events and our annual gala.

It is an exciting time to join us as we invite six new Trustees to the board in the coming months, and we are implementing our strategy which will see us embrace a new direction of collective action with anti-racist principles and an emphasis on decolonisation at its heart.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

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Welcome

Dear Co-Chair Candidate,

We are delighted that you are interested in becoming Co-Chair of Womankind Worldwide.

Every day women, girls and people of all gender identities face intersecting forms of discrimination, poverty and psychological and physical violence. Founded over 30 years ago, Womankind is a vibrant and successful international feminist organisation working hard, in collaboration with our partners and allies worldwide, to change that. Our vision is a world where women, girls and people of all genders enjoy equal rights and freedoms and live with joy, choice and dignity.

We work with a network of amazing women’s rights organisations in Africa and South Asia, representing some of the most marginalised communities of women in the world. Our current focus countries are Afghanistan and Nepal in South Asia and Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe in Africa. As a women’s rights organisation, we work differently than international NGOs. Our small team is based in the UK and Kenya and we work in solidarity with independent women’s rights organisations in our focus countries to support their priorities and strengthen the women’s movements of which they are part, rather than build our own infrastructure.

Our partners are tackling the root causes of gender inequality in their countries, and challenging governments and international agencies to protect and promote women’s rights. Our programmes, learning initiatives and collective policy and campaigns work to support that. Further, in our policy work, we bring particular expertise in ending violence against women and girls, advancing women’s economic rights and promoting women’s participation and leadership. Do explore our work further through our latest Impact Report and our Strategy 2030, as well as through a broader exploration of our website.

We are optimistic, positive and forward-looking and we care deeply about overcoming structural inequalities, including as a result of colonialism. We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic feminist who shares our values and has expertise and experience in UK Charity Governance. The key priority is to lead our diverse, highly skilled and committed Board of Trustees, as they support the Chief Executive and staff to realise our exciting strategy for 2030. In addition, to champion Womankind externally, using networks to increase the profile of the organisation and our work. You will be joining a very dedicated team standing hand in hand with women across the world to make a difference.

I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Twasiima Bigirwa
Co-Chair


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

About Womankind Worldwide

Womankind Worldwide is the champion of women across the global, working tirelessly to ensure we achieve a world where women, girls and people of all genders enjoy equal rights and freedoms and live with joy, choice and dignity without the fear of violence with equal economic rights. We are needed because women and girls across the world face discrimination due to the patriarchal society we still live in.

Our aim is to work with our partners across Africa and Asia to achieve this mission by creating impactful projects and programmes. We recently received a multi-million-pound contract funded by the government of the Netherlands to develop the AWESOME project dedicated to advancing women’s engagement and supporting women’s movements in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, with a focus on equal participation of women with disabilities in feminist movements. This involves providing safe spaces for women, and working with influencers at a community level and state actors to improve policy and legal frameworks.

Our purpose is to ensure other women’s rights organisations have the right resources and funding to strengthen their work in their local communities. Our partners develop and deliver a wide programme of work in support of equal rights for women and girls. From providing safe houses for women escaping violence to supporting them to become leaders, to supporting women-led businesses, our partners are creating a better future for women. We do this by collaborating to:

  • Campaign for changes to laws that discriminate against women and girls.
  • Create universal access to services that protect and restore women’s rights.
  • Support women to understand and assert their rights.

We also provide service delivery to challenge attitudes and provide networks to organisations dedicated to marginalised groups. We support feminist organisations by offering flexible funding, spaces for learning and exchange and influencing opportunities.

We have recently developed a brand new strategy to take us forward to 2030 and in that time our objectives are to:

  1. Share power with partners – share resources with diverse feminist organisations and movements.
  2. Influence the agenda – influence a transformative feminist agenda for change in solidarity with our partners and allies.
  3. Resource the revolution – contribute financially to making change.
  4. Decolonise our practice – learn and grow as a feminist and anti-racist organisation.
  5. Value our team – ensure we have a diverse team that lives our values.

More about Womankind Worldwide and our projects:


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

Accessibility

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Some examples of our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interview.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

We have a new People, Culture and Wellbeing lead who is supporting us to build our strategy to support EDI initiatives.


If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd April 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: By Thursday 13th April 2023
    First stage Interviews: Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th April 2023
    Final Interviews: Thursday 27th April 2023


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