Promoting transparent, accountable, and fair leadership structures
By transforming leadership structures and practices within the tea sector and making them more accessible, accountable, and empowering to the people they are set up to represent, we believe that women will ultimately have more voice, more visibility, and more influence.
In Assam, India, ETP has piloted Community Development Forums, a model for transforming relationships between tea workers and estate managers. Through the forums, workers, women, managers, and other key stakeholders can make joint, transparent decisions, and collectively strategise. This innovative governance model has led to reduced conflict between workers and managers, increased productivity, and improved access to services.
Women should have the right to shape the decisions that govern their lives and livelihoods. Their equal participation in decision-making processes is particularly critical to the tea sector which requires inclusive approaches to solving urgent sustainability issues. However, inclusive leadership cannot be realised by simply assimilating women leaders into the very systems which discriminate against them. Instead, we need to critically rethink the concept of ‘leadership’ and commit to creating fairer structures which allow for meaningful and equal participation.
Click here to learn more about our work on gender equality in tea, as part of our Strategy2030.