Mobilising Young Women’s Leadership and Advocacy

Mobilising Young Women’s Leadership and Advocacy in the Asia Pacific

The project will help young women create and sustain partnerships, networks and coalitions at the community, national, regional and global level, to help represent the issues affecting young women’s rights in sexual and reproductive health and violence against women.

The project builds on the work established by the World YWCA, and will focus on nine countries across the Asia Pacific: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

With close cooperation with YWCA, Monash Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Centre, housed in the Faculty of Arts, will undertake a study to support young women in the region. Through capability building and research activities Monash GPS academic will provide young women with knowledge and skill set that will enable them to lead a positive change in their community, through the sharing of information in human rights, sexual and reproductive health rights, violence against women and gender. They also aim to support young women in the Asia Pacific as a driving force in influencing women’s rights policies.

Monash GPS and World YWCA will use several strategies to implement these goals, through empowering young women via the Rise Up! training model, creating and implementing a mentoring model, building partnerships with services providers within the community and increasing advocacy activities through engaging women in the community, national, regional and global level.

Chief Investigators
Dr Katrina Lee-Koo and Dr Lesley Pruitt

Funder
The World Young Women’s Christian Association

Other Partners
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Date of Award
2016

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