The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines transparency as free from pretense or deceit; easily detected or seen through; readily understood; characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices. At Strong Women Action Network we strive to achieve transparency in everything we do because we believe it is important that our programs and goals are upfront and clear to all of our funders, supporters, partners, allies, and participants. This is a participatory network, guided by a set of principles and values that were developed by a group of women leaders in August 2015 and that reflect women’s leadership styles:
- Gender Equality
Our mission is to achieve a diverse and inclusive society that supports women’s leadership styles and women’s impact on society. We live in a society where racism, sexism, economic inequality, misogyny and sexual harassment are part of daily life. Together we can create environments that will help identify gender and racial barriers in your organization, prioritize resources, make a plan, access the resources your organization needs, and develop and implement the diversity and inclusion goals specific to your organization or coalition. In 2018 we are in the process of testing our curriculums and working with the first organization that will look at their policies and structures using race, class, and gender as a strategic force. As they highlighted in their recent conference, “these are not just forces that impact us. They are also frames for mobilizing power.”
Our assessment and the technical assistance we provide to reach your goals are tailored to your specific organization and focus on policies and cultural norms that are barriers for women and people of color to reach positions of power. Below is a sample of potential phases of this approach.
- Phase 1: Initiate Project and Define Success
- Phase 2: Communication and Development of Staff Buy-in
- Phase 3: Begin Diversity and Inclusion Project Implementation
- Phase 4: Diversity and Inclusion Interim Reporting and Evaluation
- Phase 5: Implement Technical Assistance and Coaching Plan
- Phase 6: Project Evaluation, Reporting, and Next Steps
One of the biggest barriers women, especially women of color, identified is the lack of policies that address diversity, inclusion, racial and gender structural barriers where they work. Join us and help us change the world by being a woman in a position of power and helping other women find what their purpose and role.