Research shows that the more girls and women are educated and join the workforce, the more economies grow, infant mortality falls, and communities improve. To this end, the U.S. Mission to ASEAN has partnered with ASEAN to empower women in the region.
In October 2016, the first-ever U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI was held. The Academy was a one-week workshop with 40 young women leaders, between the ages of 25 and 35 years old, from all ten ASEAN countries. The Academy sessions included personal strengths assessment, personal branding, identifying challenges and key gender issues in the region, practicing elevator pitches, networking, and a mentor day. The fourth YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2019.
The United States supported the launch of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN), which aims to improve business skills, support better access to financing, help women start new businesses, and link regional and international women’s entrepreneur networks, like the GREAT Women in ASEAN program (PDF 2,534KB).
The ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology and the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, awards an annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women to a promising, ASEAN-based, early-career woman scientist, to support efforts to advance regional science and technology and to promote active collaboration in technical and scientific fields.
In 2013-2018, The United States, thorough ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) (PDF 84KB), supports the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) by strengthening ACWC as an institution, supporting the development of a network of social service agencies, and helping to harmonize regional approaches to addressing violence against women and children. Read more about the program (PDF 463KB).