Leadership Development And Constituency Building Of Women’s Organisations
The experience of the Doorbar network.
Doorbar was founded 13 years ago in Bangladesh and today there are 550 organisations that belong to it. It was founded out of Beijing in 1995. The original idea came about to be based on smaller women’s and national women’s organization. Today the overarching organization, Doorbar has 250 members that work on violence against women, capacity building and women’s issues.
Nariphkkho was founded in 1983 by women who were concerned about women’s issues across the rural and urban divide. It came together to build social awareness.
The basis for Doorbar today is for:
- Democratic decision making
- Remain non partisan
- Build the network as transparent as possible
- Based on real life experiences
Doorbar which means intermittable makes the commitment to link up and stay in touch. Members are established through an electoral system and elections are held every two years. It is decentralized so that issues are always grassroots. The mandate of the organization is to address issues and problems at grassroots level. Doorbar engages rural support to focus on local crisis. It engages in National Democracy Building. Leadership of the committee is rotated bi-annually so that more people may share their knowledge and experience for capacity building and as not to create individual leaders who would harness to much power.
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