Women's Leadership Program
Australia Awards – Mongolia supports alumni by providing networking and other professional development activities. Women alumni face different challenges from men in fully using their new skills, including access to senior leadership positions. Broader data on women's leadership in Mongolia show that, despite more women completing tertiary education than men, very few women occupy senior leadership and decision-making positions relative to the numbers of women in the workforce.
In an effort to improve opportunities for women to be promoted to senior leadership and decision-making positions, there is dedicated funding to foster access for women to senior leadership positions.
Women Leadership Program overview
The Women Leadership Program (WLP) provides leadership and development opportunities for up to 25 female and male alumni delivered in three components:
- An eight-month leadership and professional development program in Mongolia for all participants
- A two-week intensive fellowship in Australia for selected participants
- Capacity building in Mongolia to deliver leadership and gender-sensitive training.
The WLP will contribute to the Program alumni's leadership and professional development in ways that support the overall goal and objectives of the Australia Awards Mongolia. It will:
- Increase the leadership and decision making skills of male and female alumni.
- Support male and female alumni to gain a broader and deeper knowledge of issues that are important to the future of Mongolia.
- Support male and female alumni to improve their opportunities to contribute to and influence the future of Mongolian society.
- Support male and female alumni to establish and develop expanded and diversified personal and professional networks.
- Support male and female alumni to develop links between Australia and Mongolia.
- Support male and female alumni to gain a deeper understanding of gender equality, particularly as it relates to leadership.
The WLP will contribute to alumni leadership and professional development in ways that support the overall goal and objectives of the Australia Awards – Mongolia. It will:
- increase leadership and decision-making skills, especially for female alumni
- support alumni to strengthen their knowledge of issues important to the future of Mongolia
- support alumni to access opportunities to contribute to and influence the future of Mongolian society
- support alumni to establish and expanded and diverse personal and professional networks
- support alumni to develop links between Australia and Mongolia
- support alumni to better understand gender equality, particularly as it relates to leadership.
WLP will improve women's equality of opportunity for leadership by involving men and women. Men's participation will reflect the current alumni ratio: 70% women and 30% men.
WLP activities in Mongolia
Participants will commit up to 18 days (approximately 2.5 days per month) over eight months with most activities held outside work hours to minimise disruption in the workplace.
Introductory retreat and leadership training: Alumni will have their first networking opportunity as they are introduced to core components of effective leadership.
Lunch forums: Lunch forums will offer opportunities for alumni to hear and question prominent business, government and community leaders about their challenges and triumphs, lessons learned, obstacles overcome, ethical issues faced and work-life balance.
Networking event with Australian businesses: To promote links between Australia and Mongolia, there will be networking events between alumni and Australian business leaders in Mongolia.
Seminars: Seminars will present opportunities for alumni to hear from leaders and experts in priority fields and sectors to strengthen their understandings of current issues in Mongolia.
Presentation skills and public speaking training: Alumni will be trained in presentation and public speaking skills followed by opportunities to apply them.
Field trip: Alumni will interact with local leaders, experiencing first-hand their drive and determination and creative ways they respond to challenges.
Community project: Alumni will self-select into teams to work on community development projects aimed at promoting gender equality.
Gender training: Alumni will be trained on gender-based barriers to leadership, gender and policy making and the role of men in gender equality.
Leadership training (integrated into WLP components): Alumni will be trained in core skills for successful leadership such as team work, strategic thinking and communication skills.
Closing ceremony: A final workshop and graduation ceremony will bring alumni together to reflect on their experiences and share lessons learned.
WLP activities in Australia
At the end of the in-Mongolia component, selected participants will be invited to a fellowship in Australia, delivered as an intensive two-week leadership course.
This will build on the in-Mongolia component and target participant's individual to accelerate their capacity to lead, collaborate, influence and become effective leaders.
Networking: Alumni will meet leaders in their fields in a specially-arranged event.
Mentoring and partnering: An Australian mentor with similar interests or industry experience will be sourced for participants to meet during the fellowship to explore topics such as career development, work-life balance or leadership challenges or technical issues.
Industry/organisational site visits and seminars: Seminars and panel discussions delivered by expert community, industry, research, political and business leaders with questions, discussions and interactions.
Gender training: Building on the gender training delivered in Mongolia; this will focus on sharing practical strategies to address structural, social and cultural barriers to women's leadership.
The Australian provider will develop and implement leading-edge leadership programs that focus on women's leadership and address gender-based barriers to leadership and share this with the in-Mongolia provider..
All alumni must demonstrate a willingness to deepen their understanding of gender issues in Mongolia and commit to supporting women's leadership. In addition alumni must:
- be Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) graduates (ALAS graduates benefited from leadership activities as part of their awards)
- be employed (including self-employed. Women returning from maternity leave will be eligible)
- be willing to commit to the eight months' participation
- be willing to participate in follow-up monitoring
- demonstrate a supportive working and family environment to participate.
There are two aspects to sustainability to be considered. Firstly, how the WLP will contribute to the overall Program sustainability and secondly, measures built into the WLP to promote its sustainability.
Partnering with the Zorig Foundation to deliver the WLP promotes both. The WLP is an opportunity for Australia to foster and strengthen its relationship with future Mongolian leaders. Networking events with Australian businesses in Mongolia and the in-Australia component will strengthen links between Australia and Mongolia.
Monitoring and evaluation
The providers will complete identified M&E tasks focusing on monitoring the WLP's contribution to overall Program objectives, especially the degree to which the WLP supports:
- improved alumni leadership and decision-making skills
- alumni to gain a broader and deeper knowledge of issues important to the future of Mongolia
- improved opportunities for alumni to contribute to and influence the future of Mongolian society
- alumni to establish and develop expanded and diversified personal and professional networks
- alumni to develop links between Australia and Mongolia.