What we do
The Women for Women mentoring and solidarity network is a safe space to exchange, learn, talk, share doubts and challenges, find common solutions and build reciprocal support. It would also facilitates working together and jointly strategize to strengthen women’s roles in ILC network at all levels.
The ILC’s Women for women - ILC Mentoring and Solidarity Network is part of our efforts to make ILC gender-just. This includes promoting women’s leadership and support women to play more significant roles in ILC member organisations. This network builds upon the main strength of ILC: the diversity of its members. Hence, it also aims at reinforcing the connection among women within ILC members.
Built around the principle of mentoring and solidarity, Women for Women is a flexible tool for mutual exchange and collaboration, based on reciprocity. It includes individual mentoring, in one-to-one (or on-to-two) relationship, and group mentoring. Both based on matching of needs and expertise.
Pairs and groups are composed by women who speak the same language, but with the perspective of facilitating inter-regional and cross-regional exchange. The key for a successful mentoring relationship requires patience to build a new relationship and openness to understand different perspectives, because women’s challenges cross borders, but they can also be context and culture sensitive.
Women for Women runs on a yearly basis and it builds upon existing ILC meetings, encouraging women’s participation in ILC events. Mentees and mentors are the primary target for dedicated training opportunities and are actively involved in Gender Justice sessions organised during ILC events.
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