About the Initiative

The Women's Leadership Initiative is skilling up emerging Pacific leaders to strengthen networks and coalitions of change across the Pacific.

Launched in June 2016, the Women's Leadership Initiative is a five year, $5.4 million initiative of Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade committed to Pacific women's leadership through learning, networking and mentoring.

The Initiative is a targeted and coordinated approach to see women's leadership flourish and to consolidate people-to-people links in the region. Through a range of individual and team activities, women and their male colleagues are challenged to consider gender and development while consolidating their personal and collective skills and ambitions. 

This experience will help me to use my skills, knowledge and networks to drive change and innovation.

Workplace internship participant, 2018

What does it offer?

The Women's Leadership Initiative is delivered in three tiers, allowing scholars to engage at a level that suits their individual interests and availability.

Tier 1 - Learning & Networking

Events and online learning modules create a shared vision for women’s leadership – including an emphasis on male champions of change – for men and women.

Tier 2 - Leadership & Mentoring

Residential leadership intensives, mentoring, bespoke programs and real-life leadership coaching.

Tier 3 - Workplace Internships

Selected participants of the Leadership & Mentoring program are placed in Australian or Pacific organisations to gain experience and build professional networks.

To hear the experiences of participants, mentors and friends of the program, you can watch the Women's Leadership Initiative video below.