North Pacific Women's Action Program



We are pleased to announce the 2018 North Pacific Women’s Action Program, hosted in partnership between the East-West Center and the New Zealand Consulate-General in Honolulu, Hawai`i. This program is open to women living in Yap and Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia, Ebeye in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau who are active in their communities and interested in creating and supporting positive local initiatives.

The North Pacific Women’s Action Program works with women to develop their ability to begin, support, and grow activities that address community needs and support community wellbeing. Through a four-day workshop, participants learn and practice approaches for informed effective action around important community issues. Ultimately, the program seeks to increase women’s participation in their communities and in local decision-making.

North Pacific Women's Action Program Participants
Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (July 2016)


  • Nominations and self-nominations are closed
  • Workshops will occur in February 2018, one each in Ebeye (Republic of the Marshall Islands), Kosrae (Federated States of Micronesia), Yap (Federated States of Micronesia), and Palau.  Exact dates to be determined.


Ideal nominees for this program should be:

  • Able and interested to participate in a four-day, active workshop, including travel to and from the workshop venue
  • Willing to engage with other women and work together to explore ideas and possibilities for community action and change
  • Women who are known for “helping things happen” or “getting things done,” by providing often unseen background support for community or social activities
  • Established in their local communities (active in their neighborhoods, churches, etc.) and planning to remain in their communities
  • Curious and interested to try new techniques, offer opinions, and critically evaluate “the way things are” and “the ways things could be'
  • Willing to work for community action and change, despite resistance or limited resources
  • Of any education level; preferably with no prior experience in similar training programs
  • Proficient in spoken English (workshop is in English; however English literacy is not critical)
  • At least 30 years old as of 1 October 2017


This program is offered by the East-West Center, with financial support from the New Zealand Consulate-General in Honolulu, Hawai`i and the U.S. Department of State.  For each workshop, up to 15 women from across the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau will be selected as participants.  Workshops are active and participatory; they are designed so that participants can use and share the tools and ideas in their communities.  Travel costs to and from the workshop venue will be covered.  Travel, lodging, and meals will be covered for participants coming from other islands.


Nominations and self-nominations are currently closed.


For more information, please contact the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Women in Leadership team at