Women's Leadership Initiative

Happy group of Women's Leadership Initiative participants

The Women’s Leadership Initiative promotes a future generation of women leaders in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region.

While the Pacific experiences greater numbers of women in parliament and in the workforce than ever before, inequity in women’s leadership continues to impede development.

The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) promotes a future generation of women leaders in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region. It does this by identifying emerging women leaders from our region and exposing them to new ideas, providing coaching, and connecting them with influential women in Australia who mentor them to develop leadership skills. WLI helps these emerging leaders to build coalitions and networks to support and sustain their path to leadership.

Being a leader doesn’t mean being a manager. It means mobilising and motivating people around you to tackle tough challenges and to thrive.

WLI extends the impact of Australia Award scholarships by offering a suite of skills training, mentoring and other resources to build the confidence and capability of participants to exercise development leadership. Whilst the first phase of the WLI focuses on women from PNG and the Pacific, the initiative has the potential to develop into a global program.

Photos: DFAT / Esh Photography