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About the APWiL Mentoring Program

There are complex social and economic barriers to women’s advancement in leadership. Additionally, gender stereotypes and diverse social norms of the many cultures spanning the Pacific Rim creates wide implementation gaps in gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives in higher education institutions. Women who lead and aspire to lead these institutions at all levels experience barriers to leadership and, in some cases, insufficient institutional support and guidance.

The current challenges around the world relating to COVID-19 “exacerbate existing inequalities for women and girls across every sphere – from health and the economy, to security and social protection.” Recent reports have shown that the pandemic is having differing impacts on female and male researchers around the world. In addition, public recognition of persistent and systematic racism highlights the challenges that women of color confront.

The APWiL Mentoring Program offers leaders (women and men) at APRU universities an opportunity to grow the pipeline of aspiring women leaders, to increase awareness of challenges that aspiring women leaders face within the region, and to introduce global and intercultural dimensions to leaders across the APRU network and beyond.

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We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

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