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Changing the world: the feminist
leadership in 21st century

The non-governmental organization Rede Mulher de Educação (Women´s Network) along with Cortez Editora published on April 19th, in São Paulo, the book called Changing the world: the feminist leadership in the 21st century, that shows themes like: why only a few women occupies directors and presidency duties in the world? What are the obstacles that they face to perform leadership in a bigger number, in the many social spaces? After all, which power do the women want? And other themes with this importance.

The work began with the project” Gender and Leadership” developed between 1994 and 1998, with the partnership of  Rede Mulher de Educação (Women’s Network) from Brazil and Fundación Directa from Spain. The work was possible with the financial support of the Instituto de La Mujer, governmental Spanish organism. The project realized the capacitation of many leaderships and educators of many social moviments, syndicates, associations, universities and non-governmental organizations from all over Brazil.

            The publication was organized by: Denise Carreira (SP), journalist and social educator, president of Rede Mulher de Educação (Women Network) and coordinator of the project that resulted in this publication; Menchu Ajamil, international counselor and ex-president of Fundación Directa, a Spanish non-governmental organization; and Tereza Moreira, journalist, a specialized publisher in the production of educative materials on the environmental and gender areas, the editor of Changing the World e partner educator of Rede Mulher de Educação (Women’s Network). The publication of Changing the World: the feminist leadership in the 21st century counted with the sponsorship of the Instituto de la Mujer and from the Unifem. The publication event counted with the support of the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional- AECI, of the non-governmental organization Ação Educativa, of the Progetto Sud Brasil, of the Grupo Tarsila Instrumental and of Lenisa- Planejamento Visual.



Why only a few women occupy directors and presidency duties in the world? What are the obstacles that they face to perform leadership in a bigger number, in the many social spaces? After all, which power do the women wants?

These questions were the starting point for the elaboration of this book. In search of tips to work with a reality so complex, the authoress looked for answers in many different sources: from the Latin-American popular feminist education to the most modern theories of organizational management; from the systematization of experiences made by popular Brazilian leaders to the productions made by researchers, the press, groups and organizations about the reality of women in different social areas.

As a result, they constructed a panel of the main themes that involves the qualification of the called transformers leaderships, people engaged with the change in the social relations between men and women and the construction of a  fair society, that has dignity and citizenship.



The 20th century was marked by the growth of the public women’s leadership in many different social areas. The millions of planetary, regional and local process that conduced us to this result brought up the necessity to review the ways humans see others and the social organization forms, with the wish to keep a equilibrium in the relations of men and women, as well the ways with less authoritarian and hierarchic. Being realistic, no even one institution escapes from the necessity to review this paradigm.

It is in this context that is published Changing the World: The feminist leadership in the 21st century, the result of 3 years with the intense work of qualification, with a multiplier effects in ten Brazilian States, with many leaders of non-governmental organization and with popular movements. Developed by Rede Mulher de Educação (Women’s Network) and by Fundación Directa (Espanha), the project Gender and Leadership contributed to the development of leaders capable to question the unequal relationship, the historical invisibility of women, and to search for a bigger feminist contribution in the decision and power areas. The initiative counted during 3 years with the important  financial contribution of Instituto de La Mujer, organism of the Spanish government.

The UNIFEM-  Development Fund of the United Nations for Women contributed decisively to the graphic production. The originality of this publication resulted in the conjugation of efforts which contributed reflections and works realized back ago in Spain with business women, and here in Brazil with popular leaderships from different states in the country, connecting them with the theoretical reflections of different chains that points to the change of this paradigm to the “other way of being” and the leadership that we search. 

To the readers of this book, we wish to be bringing discoveries and rediscoveries and collective and individual learning and that contributes to the  “breaking of  the ceiling crystal” that unable the blooming of feminist energy present in the human being, men and women.



  1. Women and leadership: Power for what?

  2. Transforming leadership: A new paradigm

  3. The ways to the own qualification

  4. People that do not communicate...

  5. Negotiation and conflicts: the art to search for solutions.

  6. Stress: A surrounded enemy

  7. Personal life  x  family life  x  public life: the day by day administration

  8. The work world changes

  9. Independence: the enterprise culture

  10. The trajectory and the flux: networks, alliances and lobbies

Annex: Rede Mulher de Educação- Images of a trajectory

The publication could be acquired on Rede Mulher de Educação or in the 7 thousands book stores all over the country.