FAIR SHARE of Women Leaders e.V. is a charitable association (Verein), registered in Germany. We understand governance as an adaptive process, driven by the needs and challenges of a newly founded organisation. Different stages of a growing organisation might require different forms of governance. We therefore see ourselves as a lab for new forms of governance that could potentially be applied to other global social impact organisations. The set-up laid out below is the starting point and we will continuously review it against our organisational development.
We aim to test and showcase new forms of governance that reflect feminist values and principles and overcome some of the pitfalls of power imbalance, hierarchy and bureaucracy of “traditional governance” mechanisms. One key element of the governance set-up is a differentiation between control and support mechanisms, clearly separating the roles between bodies that ensure proper operations as requested by the legal framework in Germany and bodies that drive and represent the programme and vision of FAIR SHARE. Different competencies are required in these roles and we want to leverage as much as possible the growing network that is developing around FAIR SHARE.
Please also have a look at our governance chart.
We base our governance on the following principles:
Transparency and Trust - We are mutually accountable for our decisions, commitments and deliverables. We will be open about failures, mistakes and lessons learned that we will make, both on the individual and collective level.
Shared Ownership - We share the responsibility to implement and further develop FAIR SHARE’s vision and mission. We support and challenge each other to leverage our collective impact. This way we aim to overcome the loneliness of leadership many of us have experienced in the past.
Collective Decision-Making – We share power and practice horizontal decision-making guided by our vision and mission. We do not shy away from disagreement and conflict and will develop and formalise resolution mechanisms as needed.
Diversity and Inclusion – We aim to create diverse and inclusive governance bodies at all levels. Being a young organisation, we still have some way ahead to get there, but we will continue to work on this as we move forward.
Transformational Change – We want to see systemic change in the world and contribute to new solutions where current decision-making structures have failed to provide answers. We therefore see feminist leadership and new approaches to governance as key steps towards a more just, equal and sustainable world.
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