She Represents - शक्ति है, सक्षम भी 

She Represents is a 9 days residential space exclusively designed for aspiring women political leaders of India.

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. 


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 contest elections, mobilize communities, constituency management, advocacy etc.

  • Acquire political, media and communication skills

  • Prepare ground-level strategies 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


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

  • Immerse in experiences on the ground

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

Who is it for?

30 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.

Why come 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: April 30, 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 is 35,000 INR. Participant contribution can range from  10,000 INR - 35,000 INR.


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.


Our sincere intention is to make this valuable program accessible to everyone, irrespective of socio-economic status. At the same time, we intend to cover the cost of organising the program and create a nurturing experience for the organising team who puts in their head, heart and hands in creating it.


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.

We have limited scholarships, which will be given based on high need and merit. ISD team will engage with the candidates to finalize these. 

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.

Lifestyle during She Represents

All participants will live together, sharing a frugal lifestyle in a residential campus in Delhi NCR, for the duration of the program. Living quarters will be basic with simple vegetarian meals.

Days will begin at 5:00 AM and end at 10:00 PM. Each day will have rigorous learning and practice along with exposure and reflection spaces. Through these 9 days, the She Represents community will collectively build shared values, community practices and a support system for the journey each participant embarks in the future.

Please read the community norms before applying


ISD team will ensure safety in the premises of the campus and arrange necessary guided transport for exposure visits, if any.

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