Overview GEDSI


The Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program in the Philippines (AAAEP-P) is proud to host the 2021 Regional Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Leadership Summit with the theme "Breaking Barriers: Working Together Towards Inclusive Recovery."

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The Regional GEDSI Leadership Summit aims to support the steadfast and ongoing commitment of the Australian Government to promote gender equality and women empowerment as a means to contribute to growth, peace and security, development and stability. This initiative shall bring together around 400 alumni across key sectors in the Philippines and other Australia Awards programs in the Indo-Pacific region to discuss key issues on GEDSI and share best practices towards this advocacy. It is envisioned that participants will be able to develop an action plan to collaborate across the Indo-Pacific region in addressing the challenges faced by women, indigenous people, LGBTQIA and people with disabilities from achieving their full potential.


The three half-day virtual Regional GEDSI Leadership Summit will be held on 28 - 30 July 2021. Before the actual event, interactive content will be available through Howspace, the online collaboration platform to be used for the conference. These will include the Social Impact Exhibit and the Virtual Institutional Visits of alumni-led programs supporting GEDSI.


The program will feature a series of talks from alumni and subject matter experts including panel discussion and workshop sessions:

Keynote Address

  • Partnerships for Recovery: Regional Agenda for Inclusive and Sustainable Development
  • The Role of Women in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Panel Forum

  • Equity and Equality: Leadership Journey Towards Social Inclusion

Concurrent Sessions

  • Breakout sessions on sectoral themes and issues on GEDSI


Virtual Institutional Visit

A unique component of the Regional GEDSI Leadership Summit is a virtual institutional visit that will provide an interactive learning experience with staunch alumni advocates from Indo-Pacific at the forefront of GEDSI advocacy.

The sessions will be scheduled within one week before the actual Summit and comprise a virtual walkthrough of the organisations and projects through pre-produced videos.

Social Impact Exhibit

A photo exhibit of alumni projects and enterprises which benefit women, PWDs and marginalised sectors will also be featured online in Howspace. These may include alumni-owned or Embassy-supported and Alumni Grant Scheme projects.