Wedu catalyzes the next generation of female leaders in developing countries.
Wedu unlocks the potential of young female leaders in South East Asia’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) via mentorship and innovative finance. Wedu leadership feels that supporting these young leaders is a form of supporting constructive systemic change because these women can eventually influence change in their countries in their chosen fields of interest (eg, health, business, education). The Wedu model uses local Talent Spotters to select girls and women with unusually high leadership potential. Participants, called “Rising Stars,” are each selected in one of the 4 application cycles per year. The Rising Stars get 1-to-1 mentorship for their leadership development and access to funding for university study. The goal is for participants to repay some portion of the funds received and stay in the Wedu community as mentors, investors, and Talent Spotters. In mid-2014, the number of Wedu Rising Stars reached 50.
About Our Grants
In 2016, the Woodcock Foundation provided the third and final installment on a three-year, $300,000, general operating grant. Investing in women is smart economics and fosters a more just and equitable society, and this general operating grant supports Wedu’s innovative approach to cultivating local female leadership in some of the least developed parts of the world.