We find ourselves in a space where to gain resources and often support, we have to perpetuate the language that accompanies our labels. Inspire Women decided they did not want to do this. We identified that in order to change the world, or at least our part of it we needed women first to change ourselves, which is how our WomenFirst Changemakers concept was born, back in 2012. We needed women to change how they told and shared their stories about who we were. Our label filled stories did not serve us as women, we were seeking a new way, or maybe we were re-birthing an old way.
For anyone who has a background entrenched in patriarchal systems the unlearning journey for Feminine Social Leaders is our biggest challenge and is constant. We are in a changing world and yet we are often the “interpreter” in discussions. How we are working is changing, doing something that matters, adding value, improving the world in some way whilst making money is being viewed as the awakening of our society. Our capacity to create a culture where a heart centred approach is both embraced and accepted is essential to the success of how organisations are led in the future.
This is a different kind of leadership based on humility, inclusivity, empowerment, collaboration and kindness. We choose to focus on where we are now, celebrating and enjoying the success in that moment- women are transforming, women are recovering, women are speaking and have a voice, women attend the Centre for the first time unaided, women build new, positive and meaningful relationships. When we push on through projects it separates us, disconnects us from why we are doing what we do. This is not a monitoring destination, where we and women are in that moment is where life is. We know that this approach doesn’t really work with a lot of funders or commissioners and we also know that some people may not be ready to hear our message, however our stories are what liberates us from the past , we are not seeking validation that we got it right, women we engage with every day do that. We have to have a meaningful conversation about how we transform funding approaches that enables women and organisations to lead and collaborate in a different way. When our stories include women who are wise, powerful, Change Makers it creates a space from where women can claim and live a different story , regaining her voice and inspiring others to do the same.