Leading to Choices: Women's Leadership and Institutional Change (audio, part 1)

Leading to Choices: Women's Leadership and Institutional Change (audio, part 1)

Resource Type
Event Recording
Publication Year
English (US)




This audio recording includes the first part of a panel discussion from WLP's event, Leading to Choices: Women's Leadership and Institutional Change. This event was held in conjunction with International Advisory Council, in collaboration with the Kevorkian Center (NYU) and Johns Hopkins SAIS. The panel presents a basis for egalitarian leadership, and examines leadership structures from different perspectives and conceptualizations.

Aruna Rao discusses the impact of leadership on institutional transformation, organizational gender bias, and individual-level change. She discusses gender equality as a lens for examining factors inhibiting organizational and institutional change, explores different forms and aspects of power, and considers a nation state as an oppressor of power.

Charlotte Bunch asserts the importance of local to global leadership exhange, and strengthening leadership naturally. She discusses the invisibility of women's leadership in the home, family, and in conflict resolution in communities. She states that bringing a gender lens to leadership leads to justice and democracy, and diversity within. She observes women's participation as collective and cooperative in style, and usually limited to soft issues. She calls for women's involvement in defense, disarmament, and trade - hard issues - and points out that women are capable of exercising power in roles beyond health and children (soft issues).

Kumi Naidoo discusses challenges of building gender equity, and responsibilities in the context of globalization. He discusses processes of macro, meso, and micro interventions and connections there between, to push agendas without ghettoizing. He impresses the importance of discourse of outrage.

Ayesha Imam begins (and continues in part 2).