There are complex social and economic barriers to women’s advancement in leadership. Additionally, gender stereotypes and the diverse social norms of the many cultures spanning the Pacific Rim creates wide implementation gaps in gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives in Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) higher education institutions. Women who lead and aspire to lead these institutions, experience barriers to leadership with little institutional support and guidance.
The APWiL Mentoring Program Pilot offers women and leaders 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 (of women leadership) to leaders across the APRU network and beyond.
The APWiL Mentoring Program is led by HKUST, UC Davis Global Affairs, the UC Davis Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the APWiL Core Group and the APRU Secretariat.