There is a growing recognition that inclusive and diverse leadership is fundamental for conservation success. Achieving effective conservation requires people of all genders working together - bringing and appreciating our full selves and diverse perspectives to this significant work.
The presence and voice of women are crucial, and whilst their inclusion is linked with improved conservation outcomes, women often face gender related work place challenges and are still under-represented in senior roles. Gender bias and harassment can erode an individual’s ability to reach their full potential, and block or hinder career advancement and entry into leadership positions.
We believe that tackling these challenges and empowering women conservationists in the region is critical for long-term, sustainable and successful conservation of ASAP species.
Want to read about the experiences of women leading ASAP species conservation?
The ASAP Women in Conservation Leadership Programme provides targeted training with opportunities for shared learning and knowledge to strengthen leadership skills for women conservationists conserving ASAP species. It brings together women from across the region, providing a unique and excellent opportunity to engage with and learn from other like-minded women, and develop a strong conservation network and support mechanism for participants’ work beyond the programme.
In 2021 we kicked off the first phase of our programme in partnership with Tropical Biology Association (TBA) and equipped our women with the necessary skills to manage and implement conservation programmes through 50 hours of online engagement and training. In 2022, we launched a second phase of the programme with Visibilty Co. , taking a deeper diver into specific aspects of leadership through the Visible Leadership Programme. Read more here.
The 2021-2023 ASAP Women in Conservation Leadership Programme cohort includes women from across Southeast Asia with a diverse range of areas of focus and background. Meet them and learn about their motivations below.