Posted by: Hendra Siry | 29 January, 2008

Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Program

Changing Faces is a leadership development program for women from the United
States and the Asia Pacific region. Now accepting applications for the 2008 program Women and Conflict Transformation in Asia, the Pacific, and the United States

*Program dates:* July 20 – 31, 2008
*Application Deadline:* February 15, 2008

The 2008 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Program will focus on the issue of women’s involvement in conflict transformation. Conflict may arise in relation to political recognition and representation, or access to natural, social, or economic resources, and at every level: from the community to international. And when conflicts arise, every level and facet of society is affected: economic development and sustainability, resource allocation and use, education, and public policy. Women’s involvement in the transformation of these conflict situations is imperative. The 2008 program seeks professional women, in both the public and private sectors, at lower and middle level positions of leadership from around the United States and the
Asia Pacific region to participate in a program of dialogue, exchange, and leadership skills building focused on the issue of women and conflict transformation.


Application Requirements

Women from all professional backgrounds, including elected officials, government agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector, education, and the media, who have 5–12 years of work experience and are active in community development, inter-communal/inter-religious dialogue, or current conflict/post-conflict peacebuilding efforts are welcome to apply.

 In particular, the program seeks applicants with demonstrated leadership experience, either professionally or through voluntary community activities, and who have the potential to move into positions of greater responsibility and influence. Applicants must have the ability to use English in a multi-cultural, professional setting. Preference will be given to candidates without significant previous international travel experience.

Costs for participation (housing accommodations, meals related to the program, ground transportation, program materials, and a modest per diem) will be provided by the East-West Center.

Participants will be responsible

  • for their round-trip transportation to Honolulu as well as all fees for obtaining their visas.
  • A limited number of travel stipends (contingent on available funding) will be available for participants from developing countries, however selected participants should expect some level of cost-sharing.

See PDF version of the program announcement for fuirther information.  >.

To apply please submit the following:

1. The Applicant Contact Information Shee(PDF, 70 KB).
2. Letter of interest highlighting previous leadership experience and expressing what the applicant hopes to gain from the program. Resume including work and educational experience. (Two pages maximum)
3. Two professional letters of recommendation. A written response, not to exceed 1,000 words, to ONE of the following questions:

– What challenges do women in positions of leadership, or those who wish to move into positions of leadership, face in your society?
– What have been the most important influences on your leadership style?
– What is women’s most important role in peacebuilding?

*Applications must be received at the East-West Center no later than February 15, 2008. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. *

Applications may be submitted as follows:

*Email:* ChangingFaces@EastWestCenter.org

*Fax:* 1-808-944-7600 (ATTN: Changing Faces Program)

*Post:*

East-West Seminars
ATTN: Changing Faces Program
East-West Center
1601 East-West Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96848 USA

*Please note:* Letters of recommendation should be on letterhead and display the signature of the individual making the recommendation. Faxes are acceptable. If you wish to submit letters of recommendation via e-mail they MUST display the scanned letterhead and signature of the recommender.


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