The Women in Leadership Network (WILN) was launched in Monrovia, Liberia, in 2013. The voluntary network is made up of female awards alumnae who promote the Australian Government’s scholarships to potential female applicants from eligible countries in Africa. WILN members are mentors in addition to being change agents in their workplaces and communities.

WILN is an engaging platform for discussions on issues affecting women and advancing the role of women and communities more widely.

WILN members can use their skills and influence to promote gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) principles within Alumni Associations leadership structures, strategies and activities.

Past activities of WILN chapter include;

  • The WILN Kenya chapter (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); events on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Ending Gender Based Violence in Mwala, Kilifi, Kisii, and Kajiado and an International Women’s day forum (2017-2020)
  • The WILN Nigeria chapter organised a discussion on International Women’s Day 2020
  • The WILN Uganda chapter initiated two leadership discussion forums and a mentorship workshop at the Ndejje University in Kampala (2018-2020)
  • The WILN Zambia chapter (with the Zambia Australia Alumni Association) donated wheelchairs to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka Zambia with support from World Vision Zambia, organised a leadership workshop and visited a children’s home (2017-2019).
  • The WILN Rwanda chapter (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) (Oct 2017)
  • 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 (Oct 2016)

If you are an alumnae join in and make a difference by completing the Registration Form and emailing us. Once registered, an Australia Awards Officer will contact you and provide you with details about opportunities for engagement.