The Women in Leadership Network (WILN) was launched in Monrovia, Liberia, in 2013. The network promotes the Australian Government’s scholarships to potential female applicants from eligible countries in Africa. It also supports scholarship recipients who go to Australia to pursue their postgraduate studies.

WILN is an exciting opportunity for women to join other Alumnae, who increase opportunities and provide support for female Awardees. WILN offers a platform to engage in discussions on issues affecting women and to share valuable insights for the advancement of African women.

Members of WILN within Alumni associations can use their skills and influence to promote gender and social inclusion (GESI) principles through the association’s leadership, strategies and activities. Past activities of WILN chapter include;

  • The WILN Tanzania chapter (part of the Tanzania Australia Alumni Association) organised and facilitated a Gender and Development stakeholders workshop (with a focus on women’s economic empowerment and ending gender-based Violence in Tanzania) in Dar Es Salaam on October 2016
  • The WILN Kenya (part of the Kenyan Australia Alumni Association) organised and facilitated a Disability Inclusion and Mentorship workshop (with a focus on the Kenyatta University students with disability Network) in June 2017
  • The WILN Rwanda (part of the Rwandan Australia Alumni Association) organised and facilitated a Gender and Development stakeholders workshop (with a focus on women’s entrepreneurship and women living with a disability) in October 2017
  • The WILN Zambia members (with the Zambia Australia Alumni Association) donated wheelchairs to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka Zambia. The donation was achieved through members contributions and support from World Vision Zambia.

Membership, for WILN, is open to all Australia Awards/Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) African Alumnae and registration is open throughout the year.

Join in and make a difference, by completing the registration form and email. Once registered, an Australia Awards Officer will contact you and provide you with details about opportunities for engagement.