Main applicant: Dr P.M. Morris (Women Thrive Worldwide, United States of America)
Co-applicant: Ms J. Marcal (Ba Futuru, Timor-Leste)
Post-conflict contexts require unique strategies for promoting women's leadership. Lessons from Ba Futuru's programs on women's empowerment in Timor-Leste suggest that leadership training alone is not sufficient: program participants and project staff identified that individual and group mentoring, and peer and community support, are essential pillars for sustaining women's leadership. Women Thrive Worldwide and Ba Futuru will collaborate on this action research to assess how these pillars may be combined to form an Integrated Support Network model (ISN) that creates an enabling environment conducive to maintaining women's leadership in post-conflict settings. Research results will be used to design an implementable model for practitioners. Research activities include: a literature review on best practices for mentoring and networking programs; key informant interviews with Timorese female leaders in politics, civil society and communities; focus groups with female leaders and representatives of organizations implementing women’s leadership programs in Timor-Leste; and a model design workshop. Outputs of this research will:(a) provide evidence on the feasibility of the ISN model as a tool to promote women's leadership in security and rule of law in Timor-Leste; (b) develop a new model for women's sustainable leadership in post-conflict settings for adaption and replication.