Feminist Capacity Building with Mentoring

Feminist Capacity Building with Mentoring

Tarangini Foundation believes that young women are not just the leaders of the future — they are what we need at present too. But without the necessary resources, knowledge, networks, movement strengthening skills, and mentorship, they’re unable to jumpstart their path with fresh and energetic ideas for transformative social change off the ground. More importantly, few opportunities exist for young women leaders to engage with the generation of women’s rights activists before them, often excluding their voices and collective power from established women’s movements which has created the need for feminist mentoring.

Feminist mentoring is the exchange of energy and ideas between feminist mentors and their mentees which in turn rejuvenates and re-energizes the feminist movement through intergenerational dialogues and conversations. Feminist mentoring takes more than time. It takes: building and cultivating trust, sustaining connectedness, allowing the mentee to journey at their own pace, helping the mentee managing difficult spaces, and facilitating learning and unlearning. Feminist mentoring emphasizes interpersonal relationships, empowerment and personal development of self-esteem, promotion of enhanced knowledge, skills, and political awareness, personal autonomy, and politics of gender. 

With the realization of the lack of political essence and understanding of the younger generation on the concept of feminism, Tarangini is providing feminist mentoring sessions which will help to build a better understanding of feminism among the new generation thereby keeping its principle and spirit extant. It is a contemporary need to foster a feminist perspective in the work we do which will help to build a woman-friendly system thereby maintaining equilibrium in the society. 

Through feminist mentoring and investing in young generations’ capacity and potential, strengthening their support infrastructure, and building strong, long-lasting inter-generational relationships of coaching and exchange, we at Tarangini Foundation aim to create a resilient cohort of young women who can carry the women’s movement forward. The key part of the initiative is a model of mentorship, coaching, and peer learning that bridges current gaps between older and younger feminist activists and between younger feminists themselves, in order to break isolation, build solidarity, foster mutual learning, and support, and enhance the sustainability of movements. Likewise, the goal of the initiative is stronger and more sustainable movements of social change led by a new generation of young women.

Main Objectives:

  • Disseminate the knowledge on the meaning and major perspectives on feminism.
  • Improve conceptual capacities and sharpened/developed feminist perspective.
  • Enable the participants to comprehend and analyze one’s own life as a part of a patriarchal society and motivate them through feminism in creating an equitable and just society.
  • Facilitate intergenerational dialogue, learning, and feminist sharing.

Key Themes:

  • Understanding feminism
  • Social constructs of femininity and masculinity
  • Patriarchy and feminism
  • History of Feminism
  • Women in Politics and Governance
  • Feminist Movement in Nepal
  • Women and Media
  • Sex, Gender, Gender Roles, Sexuality a Body Politics

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