Recognizing that interconnected global challenges call for far-reaching changes in how we think and act for the dignity of fellow human beings, our Program is dedicated to providing intellectual engagement, critical education and political empowerment of women from Eurasian countries to enable them to become transformative leaders in their own societies and as global citizens. The exclusion of women from societal affairs – be it via explicit or implicit discrimination or deprivation of resources – significantly diminishes the ability of a society to maintain and promote peace and delivery of justice. To support efforts to end such discrimination and exclusion, the IGS Centre runs this Fellowship Program to help strengthen the emergence of effective women leaders in the Eurasian Contexts which are characterized by ethno-religious complexities.
The core objective of the ‘Global Dialogues & Women’s Empowerment in Eurasian Contexts Feminist Mentoring Programme’ (WEF Programme) is to provide opportunities for intellectual engagement, critical education and political empowerment of women from Eurasian countries so that they can become transformative leaders in their own societies and contribute as global citizens. The Programme thus balances academic programming with applied mentoring, reflecting a holistic approach to develop both intellectual and professional skills. The mentoring program is as attentive to intellectual engagement, academic learning and methodologies for change as it is to the critical examination of conditions and processes of empowerment (personal and collective) with which to strengthen a society’s capacity to safeguard the fundamental rights and freedoms of all.
The WEF Programme is designed to equip fellows to make a difference in their home societies through individual intellectual and political empowerment. Aimed at creative thinkers and social change makers from the Eurasian region (defined as including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan), the Programme selects fellows in consideration of their past accomplishments and for their potential in leadership roles in the public and private spheres of activism, which may also be in the religious domain, and in both academic and civil society institutions. The Programme aims to build on fellows’ existing capacities and strengths. Its purpose is, furthermore, the enhancement of fellows’ aptitude to participate in regional and global discourses and activity on cultural, political, social and economic issues, always from within informed, gender-critical perspectives.