IIM-Bangalore begins course for women politicians

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, has launched a 10-week programme that would help aspiring women politicians to hone their leadership skills.

A collaborative effort between the Centre for Public Policy of IIM-B and a New Delhi-based NGO working on gender empowerment, Centre for Social Research (CSR), the course titled India-Women in Leadership is purported to equip women leaders with requisite skill and knowledge in various aspects of governance.

The first of its kind course will target women in politics, social activists and others with an interest in active politics. The curriculum includes lectures, field visits and a week-long exposure to New Delhi and Singapore. The first batch begins July 16, 2012.

Rajeev Gowda, Chairperson, CPP, said at a press meet here on Tuesday: “India needs leaders who balance passion for public service, compassion for the disadvantaged, professionalism in governance and courage built on values and vision. This programme will provide women leaders with the foundation and skill sets to break new ground and become agents of change.”

According to the World Economic Forum’s 2009 Gender Gap Index, India ranks 24 out of 135 countries in political participation of women. “Not only are there too few women in Indian politics, but women also face different barriers in politics. Therefore, women in politics need specialised skills and strategies in order to win elections and pursue the policies that matter most to them,” said Ranjana Kumari, Director, CSR.

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