Let’s #SmashCeilings

Cooperation and Development Network is very happy to announce its new publication “Smash Ceilings: Handbook for Brave Feminists” and its very first podcast “The Glass Ceiling Is Not Your Limit”.

The handbook and the podcasts are the outputs of the Study Session that was organized by Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) in collaboration with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe on 5-9 November 2018 at the European Youth Center in Budapest, Hungary that is called “The Glass Ceiling Is Not Your Limit”.

Twenty-five young leaders who identify as women, trans, and/or genderqueer came together with the aim of strengthening the capacities of women, trans and genderqueer young leaders, and tackling structural challenges and obstacles for gender equal leadership in politics.

Over the course of one week, we identified structural obstacles and challenges on individual and institutional levels, with a focus on master suppression techniques; explored tools and strategies to counteract individual and institutional master suppression techniques, and explored empowering, participatory and inclusive leadership styles and re-defined a new form of leadership in frame of young non-male’s leadership in the political sphere.

This Study Session was organized and delivered by the following team: CDN Office Coordinator and Course Director Özgecan Kara; Educational Advisor Ana Afonso; preparatory team members Alla Parunova, Cansu Yetişgin, Héloïse Hervieux, Kristina Millona; external speakers Katri Ylinen and Zuzana Pavelková.

The participants of the Study Session have also contributed to the Study Session with their experiences and expertise on the topic and formed the content of the publication and the podcast. Without their input, this publication would not be possible.

We also would like to thank the Youth Department of the Council of Europe for prioritizing Gender in their work and supporting the organisation of the study session by providing educational, administrative and technical support.