The eighth U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA) for YSEALI Regional Workshop is available to youth human right advocates from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
The U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI is a program funded by the U.S. State Department through funding managed by the U.S. Mission to ASEAN for the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative, in partnership with Wedu as the implementing partner.
This fully-funded workshop will bring together 44 young leaders who are between the ages of 20-35. The Academy is an avenue for young women leaders to advance their leadership skills, understand the importance of human capital development and civic engagement to support their work on human rights issues.
This program also cultivates a network of young Southeast Asian women leaders who work across national borders, drive collective action and nurture a strong ASEAN identity and community. U.S. ASEAN will host the eighth YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy in May 2022.
The conference will include:
- Leadership Skills Training and Individualized Assessment
- Mentoring Sessions
- Networking opportunities
- Training Sessions led by Leaders and Shapers within human rights sector
- Discussion of key gender issues and human rights within the region
- Specifically, the Academy aims to:
- become an avenue for participants to advance their leadership skills
- increase the participants’ understanding of key gender differences and challenges in the human rights sector and the region
- expand their network of young Southeast Asian women leaders who work across national borders and drive collective action
- provide access to seed funding and mentorship
- nurture a strong ASEAN identity and community
- The WLA consists of a series of leadership labs, panel discussions, break-out sessions, and mentoring and networking opportunities with leaders from the region and the United States.
- YSEALI Member
- Age between 20 – 35 (at the time of application and workshop)
- Citizen of: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam
- If you are living outside of Southeast Asia you may apply for the workshop and join the virtual program. However, flights for the in-person workshop will only be covered for participants currently residing in Southeast Asia.
- Proficient in written and spoken English
- Working on the human rights issues, including advocacy for minority groups, with a minimum 3 years of relevant experience
- Ethnic and religious minorities
- People with disabilities
- Indigenous communities
- LGBTQI+ communities
- Other professional or academic experiences that are involved in and not limited to, activities/work in gender equity, media and press freedom, peace and security, sustainable development and other fields relevant to advancing civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights
- Bonus points may be given for: Specific voluntary or professional experiences advocating for a human rights cause and/or people from a marginalized community (for example, fighting to increase the awareness of or expand the civil rights of people with intersex conditions, people with disabilities, people who identify as transgender, members of indigenous communities, or gays, lesbians, and bisexuals); Having a personal connection to a marginalized community
- Passionate about building communities and have a keen interest in building a network through collaboration and partnership with other Southeast Asian countries
- Will commit to a minimum of 36 hours of workshop sessions from the Academy’s agenda in May 2022
- Have a valid passport that expires after November 2022
For more information, visit https://www.weduglobal.org/2022-u-s-asean-womens-leadership-academy-for-yseali/