Image: Cohort of 2021
The Women in Government Fellowship is a six-month program that is focused on capacity-building, training, and mentorship of women in politics. It seeks to enhance and improve the quality of political participation of women.
The fellows will undergo residential in-person workshops, intensive virtual learning sessions, and hands-on mentorship by seasoned women politicians. This three-pronged approach will provide an academic grounding of democratic frameworks and policy-making, up-skill them with practical know-hows of electioneering, build the fellows' personal brands through personalised Public Narrative trainings by coaches from Harvard Kennedy School, and learn the ropes of politicking directly from a mentor who is undergoing the realities and tackling the challenges of being a woman in public office.
The objectives of the programme are:
To equip with skills and strategic knowledge to effectively run for office, legislate, and govern
To develop a deeper understanding of the nuances and challenges of the Indian democratic system and various political theories, and to gain exposure to policy-framing under renowned practitioners and domain-experts
To provide mentorship to navigate the labyrinth of the political world directly from seasoned women politicians
To build a network of women leaders, policy experts, and campaign professionals to form partnerships and draw upon shared knowledge and exchange best practices
The Women in Government Fellowship 2021Cohort which was the first ever cohort comprised of a diverse group of 18 women leaders from across the country. The fellows engaged in 1000+ hours of learning which was administered during the fellowship. Every fellow also received personal mentorship from practicing women leaders in Politics.