She Represents - शक्ति है, सक्षम भी- Goes online! 

ISD presents 7 days of immersive online learning experience for aspiring women public leaders. 


Due to the uncertainty created by COVID-19, and our commitment to safety and inclusion for all our participants, we are changing our design of She Represents. We don’t want to miss the opportunity to engage with young women leaders and have created a virtual She Represents, an immersive online learning experience for all women who aspire to be public leaders. 


The experience will be cumulatively 7 days long, but divided over 3 phases. 

Participating women will have a rigorous learning experience that nurtures the heads, hearts and hands of our future leaders. The goal of She Represents is to build concrete political skills among women who want to join politics or are already on their journey, immerse in the political reality of India, and overcome inner and systemic barriers. 

She Represents is essentially a space to join hands and learn with a community of strong, politically motivated women, who have a mission to serve India through politics. 

Activation - June 13th,  2 to 6 PM

Immersion - June 17th to 21st, 6 AM to 10 PM (long days, with breaks)

Integration - June 27th & 28th, Full days, exact timings TBD


All sessions will happen online, with exhaustive pre and post prep for participants. Online spaces will include inner work, skill development and community building. 


Knowledge & Skills | Exposure | Inner Work | Community

Knowledge & Skills

  • Build a strong understanding of the Indian political system 

  • Learn concrete set of political skills to build expertise to mobilize communities, advocacy etc.

  • Acquire political, media and communication skills

  • Prepare ground-level understanding to apply on your political journey

Inner Work


  • Participate in reflective practices to seek inner clarity

  • Get exposure to identify biases and perspectives

  • Identify limiting and enabling powers within the self

  • Understand layers of identities, privilege and roles

  • Engage with questions of political ethics, and articulate your moral compass 


  • Be part of a community of future aspiring women political leaders

  • Connect with leaders, politicians from various parties and regions

  • Integrate with the larger ISD alumni ecosystem

  • Form regional groups for contextual support


  • Listen to established and experienced leaders from the political space from sarpanch to Member of Parliament

  • Engage in experiences on the ground in your community

  • Understand the specific challenges and opportunities women face in politics and learn how to overcome them

Who is it for?

20 participants | Age 18 - 50 years

Are you an aspiring woman political leader? Have you engaged in actions towards a strong political commitment? Do you see yourself in public leadership role in future? If yes, we invite you to apply for She Represents  

We value the diversity in our country and encourage women from different political, religious, cultural, class, caste, economic and regional backgrounds to apply.

We are looking for women with demonstrated evidence of public service and a clear intent towards political leadership.

Please note that the program is now online and hence you will need some mandatory technology facilities.

See the last section of this page for more details. 

Why apply to She Represents?

There is a dearth of strong women role models in Indian politics today. Historically, women have played a crucial role in building movements and bringing forth political and social change across the world, including India.


Research states that women have an equal if not higher probability of winning if given a seat. However,  the truth today is:


India ranks 20th from the bottom in terms of women’s representation in active politics

We currently have 14% women representation in Lok Sabha, 10.5% in Rajya Sabha. 

The national average for state assemblies was even lower at 9%, in 2018. 

The word politics has become stained in today's world and is dominated by men - we want to change that.

Apply to the program if you are a woman who wants to further your political journey in principled politics. 

After the Journey

Gain concrete political knowledge & skills

Establish politics as viable career path for women

Build a community of aspiring women political leaders

Design and visualize your own political journey

Personal mentoring


Engagement Process

The engagement process includes two stages:


Stage 1: Application Form       Final Deadline: May 3 2020

Stage 2: Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a detailed video conversation


ISD incurs a significant cost to support every participant for this journey.

As a non-profit organisation, we aim to accommodate the varied paying capacities of participants and will raise funds for the deficit.  


The cost per participant for She Represents online edition is 20,000 INR. 

However, we are capping participant contributions at 3000 INR to include varying paying capacities.

We would like to invite you to contribute further after the experience is completed, if you feel it was worth more and you would like to

pay it forward for the next cohort :)

Our sincere intention is to make this valuable program accessible to everyone, irrespective of socio-economic status. 


To bring this to effect, at Indian School of Democracy, we are experimenting with this trust-based model of contribution to holding collaborative, collective and co-owned spaces.


Since this form of experiential learning is not yet mainstream, we invite participants to look at it as an investment in your own self. As we learn and grow together, we take care of all those who offer us their gifts while fostering a spirit of care for all in our communities.


If you aren’t able to contribute but are interested to join the program, we request you to fill up the application form and express your concerns in the provided space. We believe that finance should not be a roadblock in learning for anyone.

What will you need for an online She Represents?

All sessions will happen online, with exhaustive pre and post prep for participants.

Online spaces will include inner work, skill development and community building. 


Note: You are required to be available for the above mentioned timings on each engagement day, so please don’t commit to any personal or work related tasks in between.

Account for self work and prep for sessions, so the whole duration is committed to She Represents. It will be as if you are with us in person :) 


What do you need to be part of Online She Represents? 

  • A strong passion and commitment for public service 

  • A stable internet connection allowing audio and video streaming for long durations

  • A laptop or computer to log in from (mobiles don't allow full accessibility to all online features)

  • Your availability for ALL sessions. Attendance is mandatory for the dates mentioned 

If you are ready to explore a new medium of collective learning, apply now! 



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