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Celebrating the Triumph of IWOP: Towards Decolonial Feminist Leadership

February 7, 2024      

In the heart of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a transformative journey unfolded from January 22 to February 1, 2024. The Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) witnessed the culmination of empowerment and enlightenment as the dynamic women of IWOP (Interparty Women’s Platform) completed the rigorous course on Towards Decolonial Feminist Leadership.

As the virtual dust settled and the echoes of impassioned discussions lingered in the air, we stand in awe of the incredible achievements of these remarkable women. Guided by the vision of the Coady Institute and the dedicated facilitators at TGNP, the journey towards emancipation and empowerment took tangible form through IWOP’s tireless dedication and unwavering commitment.

The overarching objective of the training was crystal clear: to equip these extraordinary women with the tools of feminist critical thinking, thereby challenging the existing world order entrenched in economic paradigms and patriarchal structures. With specific aims ranging from shifting mindsets towards ecological paradigms to addressing historical injustices and colonial legacies, each session delved deeper into the intricate tapestry of feminist leadership.

The training components, ranging from unpacking the practice of leadership through the lens of power to interrogating key concepts such as patriarchy and inequality, laid the foundation for a profound transformation. Through collective leadership processes and movements towards redistributive justice, IWOP embraced the complexities and pluralities of feminist interventions, emerging as torchbearers of change in their respective spheres of influence.

The benefits of this transformative journey are multifaceted and far-reaching. Armed with a deeper understanding of sex, gender, and intersectionality, IWOP stands poised to navigate the complexities of societal structures with finesse and clarity. Patriarchy and feminism, once formidable adversaries, now stand as challenges to be met head-on, with IWOP equipped to dismantle them through informed action and advocacy.

The concepts of power and empowerment have ceased to be elusive ideals, instead becoming tangible tools wielded by these women as they pave the way for a more equitable and just society. Through an exploration of both practical and strategic gender needs, IWOP has not only unearthed solutions to systemic barriers but has also forged invaluable connections with fellow feminists across Africa, fostering a network of solidarity and shared knowledge.

As we celebrate the triumph of IWOP, we are reminded that the journey towards decolonial feminist leadership is not merely a destination but a continuous evolution. With their newfound skills, knowledge, and unwavering determination, IWOP embarks on a new chapter—one defined by resilience, empowerment, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

Congratulations, IWOP, on this momentous achievement. Your journey towards decolonial feminist leadership inspires us all, and we stand in solidarity as you continue to pave the way for a brighter, more equitable future.