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Gendered Leadership Course

Applications to the sixth cohort of the popular Gendered Leadership Course, a 6-week online course, are now open! The course has enrolled and engaged with 170+ participants from across India, in six cohorts, in the last one year.


Guest speakers invited for some of the themes to share their lived experiences as a leading practitioner in their respective fields.

The Gendered Leadership Course is for individuals interested in deep diving into gender patterns in our society. It breaks downs the gender discourse and inspires the target audience towards feminist leadership. It focuses on various facets of gender and its associated inequalities. Through the process of engaging with content that builds on existing knowledge, challenges biases, and beliefs the course enshrines a deeper sense of self-awareness to the participants. A basic version of this course called Beginner's Course on Gendered Leadership is available on Udemy.

In this short video, we trace the journey of our first cohort:



“I really appreciate how feminist literature from across the world is discussed and then grounded in the context of India. This course offers as much to me as a researcher, as it does to me as a woman."


Course format:

The course will be delivered online and in English. The sessions are scheduled for 2 and a half hours and will be a mix of lecture and interactive discussions. Guest speakers will be invited for some of the themes. It is an intensive course and participants will be expected to come for each session prepared with pre-work which will be given a week prior to the session, and occasional post-session work can be expected.

When: 20th November - 19th December

Syllabus Overview:

Day 1 (Saturday, 20th November): Introduction and Gender in Everyday Life

In the introductory session, we will look at the world from a gendered lens. We will discuss gender as a spectrum, how gender stereotypes play out in everyday life and how femininity and masculinity have been essentialised. 

Day 2 (Saturday, 27th November): History and waves of Feminism

In this session, we will analyse how feminism has evolved in the West and in India, discuss the need for it and demystify feminism. 

Day 3 (Saturday, 4th December): Intersectionality

On this day, we will understand the concept of ‘intersectionality’ and focus on the need and its relevance in today's time. By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify and recognise various forms in which intersectionality plays out in our daily lives.


Day 4 (Saturday, 11th December): Gender Mainstreaming

This session explores how gender differences play out in policymaking. It examines the gender mainstreaming strategy for policies to have more equitable outcomes. We also delve into the principles of mainstreaming and take a closer look at how gender budgeting can be a useful tool in mainstreaming gender.


Day 5 (Saturday, 18th December): Gender in Leadership

The session will delve into women's leadership models, patterns in decision-making, and governance. It will highlight the obstacles that women in leadership positions face, along with ways to navigate the labyrinth of the political world. 


Day 6 (Sunday, 19th December): Conclusion

The final session will act as a debrief day. You will be able to ask any questions, reflect on what you learned during the course, and exchange notes.



  • Graduated or currently pursuing a University degree in any discipline

  • Keen interest in understanding the discourse on gender

  • A stable internet connection and a device to participate using an online video conferencing tool like Zoom/ Google Meet

Fees and Application Process:

Selection to the course is highly competitive. The full programme fee for individuals is Rs. 4,500 which is to be paid after they receive their selection notification. Scholarships are available on a merit-cum-need basis. Fees, once paid, are non-refundable. Learners, however, will have the chance to defer their admission to another batch, if required in case of unforeseen circumstances. Learners will be issued a certificate upon completion of the course.

Due to the nature of the curriculum, only limited seats are available to ensure it is a safe space. Please submit your application here.

The deadline for submitting the application is 10th November 2021, Sunday 11:59 pm. Applicants will be informed about their selection on 13th November 2021.

To know more about the course, feel free to reach out to Ankita Phalle at


"My favourite thing about the Gender Leadership Course is the in-class debates we have. It is a safe space for all us to learn, discuss and share our experiences. I really appreciate how feminist literature from across the world is discussed and then grounded in the context of India. This course offers as much to me as a researcher, as it does to me as a woman."

—  Apurupa Gorthi, Researcher

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