Pacific Islands Women in Leadership Program (WIL)



The Pacific Islands Women in Leadership program (WIL) WIL Generation One Fellows (November 2013)is designed to create a vibrant network of women leaders across the Pacific region who learn from each other and provide mutual support as they bring about positive changes in their island societies.

The program - currently in its two-year pilot phase - begins and ends with intensive workshops, with eight months of applied leadership activities in between.  The program's specific approaches to leadership development include:

  1. Exploring and developing leadership from the inside out, to increase awareness of personal leadership styles and motivations;
  2. Diagnosing community challenges and opportunities, through an understanding of systems and processes; and
  3. Developing applied leadership activities, which participants implement in their home communities with continuous support from the WIL network.

The program provides extensive project development training and mentorship, close follow-up support after the in-residence training, and small seed grants to selected projects. The seed funding helps participants build on their experiences and goals, and move their visions forward in tangible ways. The focus on leadership learning in stressed throughout the program.

During the course of the program, WIL participants share good practices, strengthen and scale up selected activities, and access ongoing leadership development support. The overall goal of the WIL program is to affect positive regional change on gender issues through the active support of emerging women leaders.


The WIL Program is currently in its second year of a two-year pilot phase.  The second group of ten participants,Generation 2 completed an intensive leadership development program in Hawaii in October 2014. Participants are now in their home communities, applying what they have learned with guidance from EWC staff, the mentor network and program peers. In May 2015, participants will convene for a follow-on workshop to reflect on their leadership learnings, refine their actions, and develop next steps.


The application process for the 2016 WIL program will be announced here once it is open.  Please check back for future notifications.

Citizens of the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu are eligible to apply.

This program is intended for early- to mid-career professionals with at least five years of work experience and a desire to affect positive regional change on gender issues. Applicants from all walks of life are encouraged to apply (government, business, environment, NGOs, health, media, agriculture, education and others). Applicants should apply with an existing or future women's or community empowerment project in mind, and will be expected to have a fluent level of English.

Desirable Qualifications [though not required]: Bachelor’s degree.


Program fees and course materials, residence hall room costs, health insurance, living stipend, round-trip airfare to Honolulu, and SEVIS fee [if required].

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