A decade of facilitating one-on-mentorship at Wedu has shown us that mentorship is the most sustainable way to support women with long-term changemaking ambitions. This is made possible by our global and multi-generational community of mentors who come from diverse sectors and show up as gender equity allies. They volunteer their time to guide women from Asia to achieve their goals, strengthen their leadership capabilities, and sustain them in their journeys.
We pair women with mentors using a sophisticated matching algorithm based on leadership traits.
We sustain mentorship progress through effective onboarding and a bespoke curriculum anchored on Wedu’s leadership model.
We support mentors with ongoing communications and learning spaces, along with effectively strengthening regional networks.
Our Mentors are professionals from all around the world, from all genders, and working in any sector. They show up with courage in their own leadership journeys and are committed and adaptable to the needs and priorities of their mentees. We appreciate our mentors, as they are sensitive and respectful to different cultures and identities, and demonstrate high ethical standards and act with integrity.
You don’t have to be at the peak of your career, have three diplomas, or have life figured out to be a good mentor. If you have experience supporting women in reaching their career or leadership goals, whether formal or informal, you are welcome to join our global community. What matters to us is your ability to establish and maintain trust, listen, encourage, ask thoughtful questions, and reflect with your mentee. You are a confidante, a guide, a gender equity ally, and most importantly, an invaluable pillar of support to a woman’s journey to lead change.
We offer customised mentorship programmes specifically for women in the communities of our partners. To bring Wedu’s mentorship in your organisation, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Global Mentorship Programme (GMP) is Wedu’s flagship mentorship initiative. In this one-on-one online mentorship programme, mentors across the world are paired with Rising Stars from Asia for eight months, with the option to extend, to achieve their goals and grow their leadership skills. The programme nurtures a meaningful leadership journey for both the mentees and mentors.
Mentorship matching for GMP occurs every February, June, and October. We review applications on a rolling basis, so you can apply at any time. But to join the next cycle, please apply before the 18th of January, May or September.
Since 2018, Wedu has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and supported 150+ refugees (ages 18-30) residing in refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. The majority of them have been living in these temporary shelters for more than two decades with minimal opportunity for safe repatriation or local integration.
Through mentorship, the programme aims to build refugees’ resilience (ability to persevere under challenging conditions) by nurturing supportive relationships through peer mentorship circles and increasing refugees’ sense of agency through goal setting and overall leadership development.
Mentors must speak S’gaw Karen and/or Burmese to fully engage with the mentees for this programme. To join the next cycle, apply before the 18th of September.
Since 2016, Wedu has designed annual sector-specific or thematic mentorship and leadership training programmes for the U.S.-ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI. YSEALI (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative) is a programme funded by the U.S. State Department for young leaders in Southeast Asia.
This year’s Academy supports over 55 young Southeast Asian woman leaders who are working on climate resilience. Applications for this programme are now closed, but we invite you to subscribe to our newsletter to stay posted on the next call for mentors.
The part that I find most meaningful about being a Wedu mentor is to connect with someone living across the world and with a different culture. This adventure has allowed me to expand my cultural sensitivity and appreciation for diversity.
Today, I feel proud that my mentee has grown in her personal and professional life to the point that she has become a Wedu mentor too!
—Milena, mentor, Spain
Mentoring at Wedu, for me, is important because it provides an opportunity to give back to women in meaningful ways that can positively shift mindsets, equip goal-focused journeys, and empower both parties involved in powerful, compassionate, and sustainable ways.
—Kayla, mentor, United States
As I embarked on my journey in public health and was beginning a new role, the conversations I had with my Mentor were monumental in helping me shape my career aspirations and work towards my goals.
I benefited greatly from her presence as a listening ear and sounding board in navigating my own personal and professional journey, especially during the tough times of the height of COVID.
—Izza, YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy mentee, Singapore
Helping my mentee navigate significant challenges in her work and leadership was an incredibly rewarding experience. I learned so much about my own positionality in the process.
It’s high time more people become mentors, and more organisations invest in them because supporting women leaders isn’t just good for women, it’s good for everyone.
—Santosh, mentor, India
Belonging to an indigenous community and minority in my country, I always faced the issues of finding myself among others surrounding me. With the help of my Wedu mentor, I am learning to be who I am and a proud woman of what I do.
I aspire to be such a person where I can contribute back to my indigenous roots and what I received all through these years, and my mentors inspire me to do that accordingly.
—Joyee, Rising Star and GMP mentee, Bangladesh
Mentorship is particularly vital for refugee youths, as it helps them identify their strengths and weaknesses, giving them direction and purpose. Constructive criticism accelerates personal growth, making it easier to overcome challenges.
With my mentors’ guidance, refugees and women like me can refine their strategies and make informed decisions, ultimately propelling them toward their leadership goals.
—Sweet, Mentorship for Resilience & Leadership in Refugees mentee, Myanmar