The programme which will run until 2030 was developed following consultation with 144 young women of colour  – and will contribute towards Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities), of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

In order to successfully deliver the programme, we  are looking to partner with charities, businesses and women in senior leadership. Together we can make the next decade, the decade of action and progress for women of colour at board level.

Our foresisters fought for the right to vote.

We are fighting for the right to an equal future and a seat at the boardroom table.

About the programme

Beyond Suffrage is a 12–week trustee training programme for young women of colour aged between 18 and 25.

Participants on the programme will be selected following an application and interview process. Successful candidates will then take part in the 12-week training programme, as part of a cohort in their city, before being placed on a charity board by our recruitment partner. The first cohort will be in London, with the next city being selected based on demand from charities.

Over the course of the 12-week period, each cohort will complete the following three online modules, delivered via live classroom sessions: 

1. Introduction to Charity Governance & Finance

2. Sustainability, Power Sharing & Ethical Leadership

3. Personal Development: Me and My Personal Brand

Two networking events will also be organised, where the participants within a cohort will have the opportunity to meet each other face to face, as well as to network with senior leaders.

After completing the 12-week programme, our cohort will be passed onto our recruitment partner. Our recruitment partner will then complete the process of placing the participants on charity boards. We will then monitor their journey, and continue to ensure that we provide support and training during their tenure.  Programme alumni will then go on to become mentors –– acting as visible role models and supporting the next generation of participants.

Key dates:

  • 7 October 2019: Beyond Suffrage (London2020) applications open

  • 9 December 2019: Applications deadline, 8am

  • 16-18 December 2019: Finalists interviews

  • 6 January 2020: Beyond Suffrage London2020 Cohort official announcement and programme commencement



  • Women from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic background, based in the UK

  • Aged 18-25

  • Strong interest in volunteering in the charity sector 

  • Able to commit to our 12-week programme and attend board meetings once placed with a charity

  • Most importantly, a strong desire to break glass ceilings


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