2nd Cohort SEA Women application to open next January

Izah Azahari

The southeastasiawomen.org will open applications for the 2nd cohort of women experts to be profiled on its platform from January 2 until February 1, 2020. Women of all ages and with clear examples of achievement in their respective professions from all 10 ASEAN member countries plus Timor-Leste are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be open to speaking, mentoring and opportunities for collaboration.

The application form will be available on www.southeastasiawomen.org from January 2, 2020.

Showcasing accomplished women from a range of industries, the platform aims to promote the exceptional pool of female talent in the region and to cultivate a culture of cross-border collaboration between women in Southeast Asia. The website also aims to improve the accessibility to women experts in various fields, reducing obstacles to improved female representation as speakers, collaborators and mentors.

Applications will be assessed by the 2020 YSEALI Women Board during the month of February. Selected applications will be announced on March 8, 2020, in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

The project is co-led by two 2018 YSEALI Women Board members, former Brunei Country Lead and YSEALI Women Head of Digital Aimi binti Ramlee, as well as former Malaysia Country Lead Lim Chooi Yen.

Bringing together their backgrounds in technology and social entrepreneurship, with support from Tyne Solutions Sdn Bhd, they worked together to establish a platform that would enable women across the region to be better represented in industry events and regional projects.

YSEALI Women is an alumni network of women leaders who have been selected to be part of the annual US-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy.

It is supported by the United States (US) Mission to ASEAN with the mission of empowering women to lead communities across Southeast Asia to tackle regional issues.

The network’s vision is to create an inclusive Southeast Asia Women’s network to educate, empower, and through collaboration, create sustainable positive changes. Its objectives are to be a connector and to harness the diversity and network across Southeast Asia Women through collaboration (sector, industry, country, culture); foster capacity building and knowledge sharing between Southeast Asia Women; and provide a platform to recognise and celebrate regional collaboration among Southeast Asia women.