2013 Young Women Leaders Initiative

Theme: Leading change on a straight path to engendered governance

The main purpose of the Young Women Leaders’ Initiative is to get women engaged in governance, to take ownership of their lives and future and to propel the process of development themselves. This proactive method stands that young women should be empowered to take control of their lives while (1) gaining the education, the skills and the network to support the future that they want, and (2) gaining awareness and accountability to contribute to governance.

The Initiative aims to develop a kind of conviction, this ability to take the ever-generic desire to move and shake the world and make a difference. More importantly, to shift the question from “What do you want to be?” and instead formulate an answer to “Why do you want to be?” and “How do you become the change that you want to see in the world?”


  • To provide an educational and creative forum for young women on issues of human rights, political participation and gender that will train and prepare women for future managerial and leadership positions.
  • To create opportunities for young women to develop and exercise their creative, leadership, decision making, personal and communication skills.
  • To promote gender-responsive and just societies through exchange and leadership sessions

If you are a young woman with a commitment to address GAD (gender and development)issues in your community, this event is for you.

The initiative will bring together young women from the 6 provinces of the PCW-AECID Project (Albay, Aklan, Iloilo, Oriental Mindoro, Saranggani and Surigao del Norte) on the Implementation of the Magna Carta of Women. Please consider the objectives set out in depth and draw upon them when you complete the application form. The sections on reasons for applying and home community benefit are particularly important and your form will be assessed on the quality and detail of your answers to these questions.

Am I eligible?

  • I am under 30 years old (but at least eighteen)
  • I have demonstrated leadership skills and I am a member of an organized group (school, church, NGO, etc)
  • I have demonstrated a commitment to address development especially gender issues at community level
  • I agree to complete pre-arrival work in the form of a gender development portfolio
  • I will use my experience of the YWLI to continue to work for women empowerment and addressing gender issues after the conference
  • I am a resident of a PCW-AECID site (Albay, Aklan, Iloilo, Oriental Mindoro, Saranggani or Surigao del Norte)

The Young Women Leaders Initiative will run from March 20-22 in Manila. If you are chosen, you will need to come ready to share information about your province’s development and advocacy work that addresses a gender issue.