Asia Pacific Women in Leadership

Tipping the Gender Imbalance

There are complex social and economic barriers to women’s advancement in leadership. Add to that, gender stereotypes and diverse social norms of the many cultures spanning the Pacific Rim, and we see wide implementation gaps in gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives.

In academia, the glass ceiling and the gender pay gap continue to block the advancement and participation of women in leadership. The 2019 Gender Gap report by APRU – which surveyed 40 leading universities in the region – found that women in Pacific Rim universities have made little progress in moving into university leadership positions over the past five years, despite a raft of initiatives at the university level.

As leaders, the universities of APRU are committed to leading by example, addressing gender imbalances on their own turf through various initiatives. The Asia Pacific Women in Leadership Program (APWiL) aims to drive change in gender equality while taking into account the various contexts in which this pursuit for gender equity takes place across APRU member universities.

Case studies presented by APRU member universities have shown the great work that is taking place to address challenges in gender equality. At the same time, we are hearing of a growing global backlash that investment in women’s education does not result in the increased contribution by women to the workforce. 

Program Leaders

Sabrina Lin, Co-Chair, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Joanna Regulska, Co-Chair, University of California, Davis
Katherine Belov, The University of Sydney
Suk Ying Wong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Cindy Fan, University of California, Los Angeles
Sara-Jane Finlay, The University of British Columbia
Atsuko Iwanami, Keio University
Junko Kimura, Osaka University
Denise Konan, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Yvonne Lim Ai Lian & Suat Yan Lai, University of Malaya
Derlie Mateo-Babiano, University of Melbourne
Victoria Panova, Far Eastern Federal University
Inés Sáenz Negrete, Tecnológico de Monterrey
Nathalie Africa-Verceles, University of the Philippines
APRU International Secretariat

APWiL Meetings & Activities

APWiL Mentoring Program Pilot 2020

APWiL Mentoring Program Pilot 2020

We are excited to share that the nomination period is now open ...

Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Workshop 2017

Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Workshop 2017

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and ...

APWiL News & Initiatives

APWiL Launches Mentoring Program Pilot Program

APWiL Launches Mentoring Program Pilot Program

The Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Mentoring Program was launched on October 30 with a virtual kick-off meeting ...
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Steering universities through crisis, upheaval and protest

Steering universities through crisis, upheaval and protest

Original post in University World News The demands of the past six to eight months have been unprecedented for university ...
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2020 Healthy Women/Healthy Economies Research Prize Application Open Through May 2020

2020 Healthy Women/Healthy Economies Research Prize Application Open Through May 2020

The APEC “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies” (HWHE) has found that sex-disaggregated data and gender based research and ...
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Scant progress on women becoming university leaders

Scant progress on women becoming university leaders

Published in University World News Women in Pacific Rim universities have made little progress in moving into university ...
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APRU’s Joanna Regulska honored as first-ever recipient of Institute of Education’s SIO Award

APRU’s Joanna Regulska honored as first-ever recipient of Institute of Education’s SIO Award

Professor Joanna Regulska, a Co-Chair of the APRU Asia Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) program and an APRU Senior ...
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APWiL Confirms its Two New Co-Chairs

APWiL Confirms its Two New Co-Chairs

The APRU Asia Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) program has confirmed its two new co-chairs, Dr. Sabrina Lin ...
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APEC Health Meetings in PNG enriched by APRU insights

APEC Health Meetings in PNG enriched by APRU insights

APRU provided valuable recommendations to shape APEC’s health-related agenda at the third Senior Official Meetings (SOM3) ...
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APWiL Directory of Programs and Initiatives 2014

APWiL Directory of Programs and Initiatives 2014

APRU compiled information on various programs and initiatives of member universities in support of women and in bridging the ...
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Analysis: how can Asia create equality for women at work?

Analysis: how can Asia create equality for women at work?

Christina Schönleber, Director of Policy and Programs is quoted in article from CIPD CIPD - Experts bemoan wasted ...
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Experts Welcome Framework for Developing APEC Skills

Experts Welcome Framework for Developing APEC Skills

APRU Director of Policy and Programs, Christina Schönleber, was quoted in a CIPD article contributing to the conversation ...
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APRU Gender Gap Survey 2013

APRU Gender Gap Survey 2013

The APRU Gender Gap Survey was initiated in early 2013 following the recommendation of the APRU Senior Staff Meeting held at ...
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APRU members convene to discuss bridging the gender gap in universities

APRU members convene to discuss bridging the gender gap in universities

Photo by The University of Hong Kong Senior university leaders, faculty, researchers and administrators from 19 ...
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