The Future of Women in Leadership: Feminism or Femininity

  • The Future of Women in Leadership: Feminism or Feminity

  • October 2 – 3, 2019

  • Kuching, Malaysia

  • Asian women and men in public leadership roles – aged 25 to 45 years.

Program Highlights

For time in memorial women have taken on leadership positions within their homes, organizations and countries that have changed the course of history.

What is the voice of a woman in power? How does a woman in power retain her power and her womaness? This two-day program will explore the balance between the feminine and feminist voice for the Asian woman.

“Feminity is one of the most powerful forces women have. With feminity, women would always be leaders.  But we women have lost the ability to legitimize our feminity”. To be a strong woman is considered to be a feminist. The feminist movement, has had its benefits. The right of women to vote; greater access to education; the right to initiate divorce proceedings; the right to own property etc. Whilst eliminating discrimination against women is important, women and men must celebrate their differences.  Therefore leadership of the future is going to mean creating spaces for the voice of women, her rights and her participation not on the principle of equality of sexes but in fact, on the inequality and uniqueness of sexes.

Who Should Attend

This program would be best suited for Asian women and Men who have some experience in leadership roles- Parliament, Government, private sector or as public voices- artists, journalists, writers. However this is not a disqualifier.

Fifty-six of the 146 nations (38%) studied by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and 2016 have had a female head of government or state for at least one year in the past half-century. There have been many more women leaders in Asia than in other parts of the world.  Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Taiwan, South Korean,  Mongolia, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh amongst the longest running woman leader. Asian women are also playing public leadership roles in private sector as writers, journalists, artists.

One would think that these women do not require any more leadership training but it is exactly these women and men who need to be reminded of the value of their feminine voice.


The leadership module will be based through a series of stories:

1.Helping women drop the burden of unnecessary stories they carrying about themselves. Are these stories their own or the making of people and politics around them.

2.Courage and focus to identify what they want to achieve.

3.Strategy- How do you go to the fray for what they really value, working with allies and adversaries.

– Dealing with authority- from conformity to deference.

– Finding the right feminine voice in a global environment and how to legitimize themselves.


Neha Bansal

Neha Bansal is an Asia economic and social expert.

She served the United Nations for 9 years working on the regions’ most pressing development needs. She served the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as Crime Prevention Officer for South Asia working on counter corruption, drugs, human trafficking, terrorism and thereafter with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on youth empowerment. In addition, she served as a civil servant with the Government of the UK, Department for International Development (DFID) to strengthen approaches against forced labour, climate resilient growth and economic  development in Asia. Neha is a Fellow at the ASH centre for democratic governance and innovative, Harvard University for research on socio-political concept of ‘One Asia’. Neha holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA)from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from International Management Institute. She is also a Kathak (Indian Classical) dancer.

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