Important Leadership Transition at AWID: message from Lydia Alpízar Durán
AWID's Executive Director, Lydia Alpízar Durán shares news about the organization's transition process.
Dear AWID members, allies, partners and donors,
Many of you are probably getting ready to join us in Brazil next week, at the 13th AWID international Forum. In the midst of the Forum excitement, I am writing to you all today to share important news:
I will be stepping down as AWID’s Executive Director, effective January 2017.
Since I started back in January 2007, I was committed to staying in the position for no longer than 10 years.
I truly believe that organizations benefit from leadership change in order to build resilience and acquire new energy to continue thriving. It is part of my ethical and political commitment to building our movements.
For this reason, over the last two years, a lot of thinking and work has been done within AWID at all levels, from the board to the staff, with allies and with donors, to lay the groundwork for a successful leadership transition, to strengthen shared leadership throughout the organization and put in place a succession plan.
These 10 years have been an amazing journey for me, for AWID and for the movements we work with.
Our organization has grown significantly in staff and budget size, in the scope of our programs and alliances with diverse movements and actors across the world. We have organized our work in innovative ways through a multi-location team and putting major emphasis on contributing to building collective power to advance women’s rights and gender justice globally.
While I will be stepping down from my position as AWID’s Executive Director in January 2017, I will stay involved in a structured process of accompaniment for the new leadership of the organization to ensure continuity and a smooth transition. I will also be taking some time to put together my reflections on my experience for the past 10 years in AWID, an experience I have treasured. The goal of sharing these reflections is to contribute to our organizational memory and hopefully, share insights that might be useful for other organizations and movements.
In this work, I have had the pleasure to work with an incredible team of committed feminists from around the world, as part of our staff and board, and also members of diverse partners and allied organizations.
I want to thank you all for your generosity, trust, and support and for being part of all my learning and growth from being in this role.
I will be sending another message before the end of my term, but in the meantime, I want to wish you passion, energy and strength as we continue our struggles to advance women’s rights, gender justice and sustainability around the world.
Lydia Alpízar Durán