Women can be heard, but they should also be listened to. With this project, we aim to increase women’s representation in public life at all levels, because we feel that this is the key to positive social change. 


We give women the power to influence and make a difference in their local communities through our British Council community leadership programme, Active Citizens. This project builds confidence, values difference and supports social action. In 2014, our community leadership programme will involve 3 communities, having trained more than 6 facilitators and and reaching 180 young people.  

We help existing and emerging coalitions of women's organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), authorities and media to support women's public participation. This is done through capacity-building workshops and exchange visits with leading UK women's organisations.

We provide training opportunities in action research to support partners in advocating women participation through evidence-based data. Throughout the trainings we cover other topics as advocacy, awareness raising, stakeholder analysis, and use of media. 

We provide platforms for experience-sharing and learning. We run regional events including study visits, conferences and workshops to support work and share the learning.


At home, the project can be broken down into four areas:

Creating young community leaders, giving them more confidence and encouraging them to participate in community issues.

Helping our national partners to progress women’s participation in public life through technical support and training. 

Establishing regional networks to provide support and organise learning events at which strategies and success stories can be shared. 

Publishing evidence-based data on how women’s active participation has a positive impact within local communities.

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