'Find the Joy' feminist leadership incubator

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Katherine Lim / 13.11.2023

A space for women and non-binary people of colour to learn, lead and create transformative change, together.

Katherine Lim / 13.11.2023

Are you a woman or non-binary person of colour imagining a different kind of world? A world where everyone is celebrated; where we can all walk freely, without fear or exclusion; and where leaders walk through the world with courage and integrity, inside and out.

Introducing the ‘Find the Joy’ feminist leadership incubator, by The Equality Institute

An exciting new program for and by women and non-binary people of colour to learn and lead together. As one of the only incubators of its kind in Australia, it’s based on work we’ve been co-creating over the past few years supporting feminist activists and leaders. Because we believe that courage is found in community, and that the future is intersectional, values-led, and unashamedly feminist. Oh, and did we mention, joyful?

Together, it's time to...

let lived experience shine. We believe women and non-binary people of colour have the power to change the world – and that our diverse lived experiences are a leadership strength. Because, to paraphrase Audre Lorde, none of us are free, until all of us are free.

speak truth to power. Independent feminist movements are critical to achieving gender equality and ending violence against women and girls and an intersectional approach is key to drive inclusive and transformative change. It’s time to speak truth to power, and ensure everyone’s voices are heard.

lead differently. Traditional leadership models were never fit for purpose. So why are we still taught them? It’s time to redefine success, because how we lead matters.

level the playing field. We believe transforming unequal systems and structures and dismantling barriers is how we’ll achieve lasting change. To do this, feminist leadership, from the margins to the centre, is key.

It’s time for joy. In a period of unprecedented crises, how we show up in the world matters. It’s time to lead with a positive vision of power, which feels just as good as the change we create. Because what good is the revolution if you can’t dance?

Are you with us?

We’re looking for Naarm-based emerging and established changemakers to come together in a new feminist leadership incubator. Focused on deepening your intersectional feminist practice, activism and leadership, together, we’ll go deep into transformation, collective care and liberation, and incubate new ideas for a more equal and just world.

What to expect

  • International and local guest speakers and mentorship from global experts.
    - Co-created learning spaces that are evidence based, person-centred and trauma-informed, exploring feminist leadership through an intersectional lens.
  • Collaboration, not competition, through spaces for community and authentic connection.
  • A supportive, safe space to grow and deepen your application of intersectional feminist leadership principles in your community, work, activism and life – through the incubation of a personal, social, environmental or economic justice idea or project.
  • Wellbeing, joy and regeneration at the heart, with an emphasis on self and collective care.

Things to know

Duration: March 1-May 31, 2024
Location: Flexible hybrid delivery in-person (at Melbourne Connect Co-working) and online
Cost: Free!

Applications close midnight EST December 15, 2023.

Got questions?

We encourage women of colour and non-binary folks from all backgrounds and levels of experience to apply. If you have access needs, let us know how we can support you.

This program is made possible by support from The Ford Foundation and Melbourne Connect Co-working - a place where innovators come together.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. To be notified of similar opportunities in future, please email