United States Committed to Advancing Women’s Leadership in North Pacific

The U.S. Department of State, with the East-West Center (EWC) and the New Zealand Consulate of Hawai’i, has launched the second phase of the North Pacific Women’s Action Program, which will build a network of women leaders across the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

The program engages established women leaders who are known for “getting things done” but are often not in the spotlight.  The program launches with a four-day on-island workshop, during which participants learn and practice approaches for informed effective action around important community issues, and is then followed by a blended six-month Community Leadership Incubator.  The goal of the North Pacific Women’s Action Program is to increase women’s participation in their communities and in local decision-making.

The North Pacific Women’s Action Program workshop will take place in Kosrae on February 12-15 and in Yap on February 21-24.  The workshops in Pohnpei and Chuuk took place in fall 2017. Some participants from the fall 2017 cohort will help facilitate the 2018 North Pacific Women’s Action Program workshops. This not only serves as an opportunity for women to share their knowledge and skills but also to engage at a community level and build a network to support advancing gender equality in the Federated States of Micronesia.  We applaud the Pohnpei State Legislature’s unanimous passage of the Family Safety Act on November 17, 2017.  We hope that some of the knowledge acquired from these capacity building workshops will support and enhance its implementation.

In March 2018, the EWC will launch the Community Leadership Incubator, which takes an “online and on-island” approach by combining small cohorts on each island guided by an advisor, and the larger virtual cohort across all islands. Monthly meet-ups provide tools, strategy discussions and talks by inspirational women leaders from the region. Tools are then practiced and shared within Peer Learning Labs run by Incubator members, often in their organizations.

Learn more about the North Pacific Women’s Action Program: https://www.eastwestcenter.org/professional-development/leadership-programs/north-pacific-womens-action-program.


For additional information, please contact Abigail Kim at KoloniaPAS@state.gov or +691-320-2187