proportionate representation of women in leadership roles – at the latest by 2030.

The global social impact sector is a critical force for women’s empowerment principles, vocal advocate for gender equality and leading change agent towards a more equal world.  

Yet, many organisations fail to create equal opportunities for women within their own organisations. Although women make up 70% of the workforce, they on average hold less than 30% of the top leadership positions. We call on all global social impact organisations to increase their efforts on gender parity to…


…Fulfil SDG 5

The global social impact sector has been crucial in shaping the SDGs and many are vocal in their demands on others to meet the goals. In order to contribute effectively to SDG 5 to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” by 2030, we must meet the demands ourselves.


…Secure gender equality

The underrepresentation of women in leadership stands in direct contradiction to most organisations’ policies and public statements on women’s rights and gender equality. To be credible actors for gender equality and parity around the world we must walk the talk in our own organisations. 


…Stop sexual misconduct

The #MeToo campaign and reports about sexual exploitation and abuse in some major organisations document a culture of machismo, male dominance and impunity around misconduct which is a violation of women’s and gender minorities’ rights. This culture also prevents women from getting into leadership positions. Cultural change requires amongst other aspects that more women hold decision-making positions.

…Fully utilise the sector’s talent pool

In many organisations, a talented man is about five times more likely to rise to a leadership position than an equally talented woman. With accelerating change and growing disruption throughout the sector and the world in which we operate, we need visionary, participatory and transformational leadership.

We use the term global social impact sector as defined in the Quantum Social Impact Report 2018 to encompass all mission-driven organisations working to promote positive change in the world on a global scale.

“The present mismatch between the share of women in the staff and their share at leadership level is unacceptable. We need many more women in leadership positions, and we need convincing alternatives to traditional male leadership styles. This project has a strong potential to initiate these changes.”

Ise Bosch, German philanthropist and seed funder of FAIR SHARE

"As feminists, we need to commit to redistributing the imbalanced power structures that for far too long have benefitted men at the expense of women. That is why I am committing to increase the number of women in the Senior Leadership and board level at Amnesty International. Our aim is to have 70% of these positions occupied by women by 2030, ideally well before then, in order to reflect the diversity and structure of the rest of our organisation."

Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International

Our Vision

We envision a global social impact sector that practices feminist leadership and sustains organizations that embrace feminist principles and culture at all levels. 

Our Mission

We want to equip individuals and institutions within the global social impact sector with feminist tools and strategies; mobilize and advocate for feminist leadership at all levels; and hold the sector accountable to parity and representation.     


Significantly increasing the number of women leaders will require a transformative shift in organisational cultures, policies and leadership concepts. Feminist leadership models provide the principles and tool to re-think power, representation and decision-making structures within the global social impact sector towards more inclusive, diverse and impactful organisations.

We MONITOR the number of women in leadership and hold the sector accountable.

The FAIR SHARE Monitor collects data on the ratio of women in the workforce to women in leadership within the global social impact sector. We publish and update the Monitor annually to measure women’s representation, hold individual organisations accountable and track progress of the sector towards gender equality. We ask organisations to secure a FAIR SHARE of leaders in senior management and boards by 2030. Organisations already committed to this goal include Oxfam, CARE, CIVICUS, Plan International, 350.org and more.

We MOBILISE men and women to create feminist organisations.

We want to build a movement of women leaders and feminist civil society workers to guide the future agenda of the global social impact sector. The Feminist Leadership Project celebrates women and feminist leaders showing what feminist leadership looks like. Through virtual platforms, workshops and conferences, we want to offer spaces for shared learning and best practice and create a platform for the sector to develop and drive their action agenda towards feminist leadership.

We want to develop a MENTORING system for the global social impact sector.

In addition to increasing the talent pool of women leaders for future leadership positions and establishing intergenerational support and solidarity, we aim to create opportunities for women from diverse economic and social backgrounds, nationalities and ethnicities that are currently even less likely to be in leadership positions.


DIVERSITY, Inclusion, Intersectionality


The FAIR SHARE Monitor and commitment focuses on women and increasing the number of women in leadership positions within the global social impact sector. And we mean everyone identifying as women - cisgender, transgender, intergender, from all corners of the world and with their different leadership journeys.

But this is only one piece of the puzzle to increase diversity in leadership. The future leadership teams of the sector should represent the diversity of their staff and the people they work with, bringing in leaders from all genders, races, ages, nationalities, economic and social backgrounds.

With FAIR SHARE we want to contribute to a wider debate on diversity, inclusion and intersectionality and ultimately open the doors for a new generation of leaders that change their organisations and the world.


Committed international organisations

Committed National organisations

the following womens’ organisations are supporting our campaign