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This scoping study aims to capture lessons from leadership programs in Vanuatu and the Pacific region, with a particular focus on key barriers and enablers to developing young women’s leadership. This paper was commissioned by CARE International in Vanuatu as part of the Gender Equality Together (GET) project funded by the Australian aid program. It will inform the development of a Young Women’s Leadership program which will support 20 emerging young women leaders aged between 18 to 30 from Port Vila and Tafea province to take action for gender equality and the elimination of violence against women and girls. As part of this program, 20 experienced senior women’s leaders will be trained and engaged to provide input into program design; act as ongoing mentors to the cohort of young women; and connect the young women to internships and other leadership development opportunities.

This scoping study and the young women’s leadership program build on the understanding that achieving gender equality requires transformative changes across three key domains, as articulated in CARE International’s Gender Equality Framework  and Theory of Change. As noted in the Pacific Women Leadership Synthesis Report, this approach is being increasingly adopted by development agencies and practitioners.