On 12 November 2015, The Australia Awards South and West Asia Program launched a Women in Leadership Network in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The launch was accompanied by a video message from Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM.
The network provides a chance for women alumni of the Program to connect across the region and to support one another with advice and practical suggestions for overcoming the challenges and barriers they may face. It also helps to promote the Program to other women and provides support and advice to prospective applicants.
The Australia Awards South and West Asia Program, an Australian Government initiative, provides long term scholarships and short course awards for individuals from the region. It is aimed at building the recipients’ skills and knowledge so they can contribute to their country’s development.